Par for the course: Notre Dame rolls
Notre Dame of Hingham claimed the two lowest scores to take its 11th consecutive MIAA state girls’ team golf championship at Holden Hills Country Club in Jefferson Tuesday.
The Cougars were the only team to post all six scores under 100, with the top four scores counting toward their team total of 342.
“I think every championship is its own thing. This has been a real treat because we had six seniors on the team and we have been together for four years,’’ said Notre Dame coach David Gianferante, who has led the program for 13 years.
“All in all it’s a great way to close out with this group of seniors.’’
The Cougars sent five seniors and a sophomore onto the course, with four of the seniors posting the four best scores.
“It’s a special, special group and they are so nurturing to the younger kids. These kids are so much overachievers,’’ Gianferante said. “I can’t thank them enough, they work seven days a week sometimes . . . and they don’t blink an eye.’’
Ursuline Academy finished second at 366. The Bears were paced by Stephanie Klaubert’s 89 and Meaghan Porter’s 90.
Hingham (385), Barnstable (386), and Wachusett (397) rounded out the top five.
The best individual round of the day came from Notre Dame’s Lauren Flynn, who posted an even par 74. Teammate Aimee Dubois finished second with an 83.
The top 23 from Tuesday’s team round qualified for the individual championship June 5.
“I made a few mistakes, but I guess I got them back because I had a lot of birdies so that helped me,’’ said Flynn, who will golf at Brown next year. “Our team has already practiced here three times, so I knew the course pretty well.’’
Flynn finished with two double bogeys, coming in at 1 over on the front and 1 under on the back.
“It’s one of the more difficult [courses], I think it was a course where you needed to go more spot by spot, you didn’t necessarily always have to use driver every hole,’’ Flynn said.
Only seven players posted a score under 90, a testament to the difficulty of the course, which featured a plethora of hazards.
“[Our scores were] sort of in the realm [for what I expected],’’ Gianferante said. “This was a hard golf course for them, I think it was a tough venue for the field.’’
Barnstable’s Shaye Macurdy and Fontbonne’s Julia Falco were the third best scorers in the field with 11-over 85s. Wellesley’s Helen Daley rounded out the top five with an 86.
Flynn said that all championships are sweet, but having a team chock full of seniors made this title even better.
“I would not have shot this score if it wasn’t for the whole entire team,’’ she said. “We all push each other and make us just better in general.
“For every team I felt like we were a family.’’