HS Golf Preview
FAIRFIELD — Last season, for the first time in FCIAC history, five golfers from one program earned all-FCIAC honors.
Erica de la Garrigue, Nadia Caputo, Emily Healy, Jessica Nuzzaci and Mia Gramesty — all playing for the Warde girls’ golf team — were named all-conference. And while Erica de la Garrigue has graduated, the other four All-FCIAC Mustangs golfers all return for coach Brian Crocker.
Caputo, a senior, earned All-FCIAC East honors while posting a 47.9 scoring average. Healy, a junior, was also All-FCIAC East and averaged 48.6. Nuzzaci and Gramesty, both sophomores, were also All-FCIAC East and averaged 46.2 and 47.1 strokes, respectively.
“A major key to this year’s success will be who steps into the starting lineup to replace Erica de la Garrigue,” Crocker wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “The team is extremely deep and the fifth spot is up for grabs.”
Along with Caputo, Healy, Nuzzaci and Granesty, senior Maggie Sullivan, junior Gabby Inchoco and sophomores Bethany Fell and Danielle de la Garrigue all have the opportunity to see significant playing time this season, according to Crocker.
“We were runner-up in the FCIAC by three strokes,” Crocker wrote. “Such a small margin of defeat has motivated the girls to work even harder during the off-season and the spring. We have been fortunate to be at the top for the last few years but we recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to stay there.”
Sullivan and Caputo will be the Mustangs captains. Last spring, Warde went 11-4 and finished second in the FCIAC and fifth in the State Open. Gramesty shot 86 and tied for 20th, Caputo shot 93 and tied for 36th, Nuzzaci shot 94 and tied for 39th and Healy shot 95 and tied for 43rd.
Notre Dame-Fairfield is coming off a 7-8 season and will be led by captains Jenny Goldstein and Sierra O’Keefe.
“We have a great group of girls with a few beginners looking to learn the game,” coach Kerri Rowland wrote in her prospectus to the Citizen.
Along with Goldstein and O’Keefe, Rowland will look to Kate Pond and Amelia Allen for experience.
“We are looking to improve on a team best score of 200,” Rowland wrote. “We have the golfers to accomplish this because they have worked hard on improving each aspect of their game.”
At Ludlowe, new coach Lindsay Waack looks to improve on the Falcons 1-13 campaign last spring.
“I’m looking forward to working with this team to foster an environment that focuses on enjoying the time spent on the golf course,” Waack wrote in her prospectus to the Citizen. “And bettering yourself and your own personal game.”
Fairfield Prep put together one the best seasons in program history last spring as the Jesuits went 17-1, finished fifth (333) at the SCC championship and seventh (308) at the CIAC Division I tournament. But four of the five starters from last season graduated, leaving coach Bob Bernier with some holes to fill.
“It’s time to reload a team that was senior-heavy last year, with some young guys,” Bernier wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “There’s talent there, building confidence will be the key.”
Juniors Michael Knick and Tyler Blose will co-captain this spring’s Jesuit squad. Knick is the only returning player with significant varsity experience. Knick had a OCR (over course rating) of 3.0 last season.
Juniors Ian Greenawalt and sophomores Jack Kane and Will Mallek saw limited varsity action last year. Moving up from the JV squad will be juniors Jack Lieder and Patrick Louzan and sophomores Jack Kovalesky and Evan Farruggio.
“We are going to need contributions from the newcomers if we are to be able to compete against the SCC’s best teams,” Bernier wrote.
At Warde, coach Peter Shanazu is starting basically from scratch, looking to replace nine seniors from last spring’s 6-10 squad.
“We have no returning varsity players,” Shanazu wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We will be a very young team with just one senior. We are hoping to develop the underclassmen on the road to success.”
Noel Sikka, the lone returning player, will captain the Mustangs.
Ludlowe finished 9-7 last season. Corinne Halliday, who coached the girls’ team last spring, moves over to the boys’ side this year.
Ludlowe’s top four players, according to Halliday are, Grady and junior Jack Boatwright and sophomore Noah Bass and freshman Peter Meehan.
“Right behind them is the rest of the team with averages so close it’s hard to rank them in any particular order,” Halliday wrote.
Notre Dame-Fairfield went 6-9 last spring, 4-8 in the SWC Patriot Division. The coach did not return his prospectus form to the Citizen.