Centaurs take 2nd at ECC tournament
The Centaurs girls golf team was close.
But for the first time in four years, the Centaurs had to settle for second place in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament Tuesday at the Quinnatisset Country Club in Thompson.
The Centaurs finished with a 197 total, just five strokes behind the winner, Waterford.
It capped off the season for a young Centaurs team but also displayed promise for the future.
Three of the five players who participated on the team were underclassmen including freshman Kailey LaChappelle who led the way with a nine-over-par, 45. It tied her for third place with Stonington’s Liz Crandall.
It was the season-best in a match for LaChappelle and continued her progress.
She had shot 45 in her last three practices prior to the ECC tournament and coach Earl Semmelrock has noted some good things happening in matches as well.
“For the last six matches and the last half of the season, she just hasn’t made big numbers. She may not make a lot of pars, but nine bogeys on this course is 45,” Semmelrock said.
LaChappelle went into the final hole which, for her, was the par-3, third hole at Quinnatisset, with a 40.
The red tees take the water, for the most part, out of play, but LaChappelle struck her pitching wedge well.
Maybe a bit too well.
She put it over the green and into the water and had to settle for a double bogey.
“I knew if I had made par, I would have had a 43. My goal was low 40’s,” LaChappelle said. “It was one bad shot and I went over.”
LaChappelle had one par to offset the double bogey.
Senior Caroline Eaton finished with a 50 as did Linda St. Laurent. Caitlin Cannon shot a 52 and Avery Jones a 54.
Teams were only allowed to have five golfers compete so Katherine Harrington went out as an individual and finished with a 50 for the Centaurs.
“I knew it would be close with (Waterford). We lost to them by two shots (at Quinnatisset) during the regular season and the way we have been practicing for the last week, I had a goal of 190. We didn’t quite get there,” Semmelrock said. “It’s easy to give up a few shots here and there. I will talk to the girls and debrief and they will all have five or six shots that they could have saved somewhere along the way. I’m sure they won’t be too upset with it. I’m really proud with how they played, we kept it under 200.”
Centaurs finish on right note
Kailey LaChappelle led the girls golf team to a 220-246 win over Norwich Free Academy at the Norwich Golf Course on Thursday with a 52.
Caroline Eaton, Linda St. Laurent and Avery Jones were all just four strokes back of LaChappelle.
The Centaurs finished the regular season with a 6-2 mark in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, good for second behind Waterford, and an 8-7 mark overall.
|The Academy||at East Lyme||Monday, April 23 FINAL: 234-263 (W); Caroline Eaton 57; Linda St. Laurent 58.|
|The Academy||at Glastonbury||Tuesday, April 24 FINAL: 199-265 (L); Caroline Eaton 64; Katherine Harrington 66|
|The Academy||vs. Norwich Free Academy||Thursday, April 26: FINAL: 222-243 (W)|
|The Academy||vs. Suffield||Monday, April 30 FINAL: 207-250 (W)|
|The Academy||at Suffield with Canton||Tuesday, May 1 FINALS: Suffield 206, Canton 211, Woodstock Academy 231|
|The Academy||vs. Waterford||Thursday, May 3 FINAL: 200-202 (L)|
|The Academy||at Wildcat (Norwich Free Academy) Invitational||Tuesday, May 8, FINAL: Waterford 214, Woodstock Academy 226, Bacon Academy 240, NFA 248.|
|The Academy||vs. Glastonbury||Thursday, May 10 FINAL: 187-199 (L)|
|The Academy||at Waterford with Bacon Academy||Friday, May 11 FINAL: Waterford 197, Woodstock Academy 228, Bacon Academy 256|
|The Academy||vs. Bacon Academy & East Lyme||Thursday, May 17 FINAL: Woodstock Academy 207, Bacon Academy 233, East Lyme 246|
|The Academy||at Bacon Academy||Friday, May 18 FINAL: 220-234 (W)|
|The Academy||at Norwich Free Academy||Thursday, May 24 FINAL: Woodstock Academy 220, Norwich Free Academy 246.|
|The Academy||Eastern Connecticut Conference championship||Tuesday, May 29 FINAL: Waterford 192, Woodstock Academy 197, Bacon Academy 220, East Lyme 228.|
|Linda St. Laurent||10|
|Player Name||Scoring Avg.||Best Score|
|Caroline Eaton||53.4||46 (4/30, 5/11 & 5/17 at Quinnatisset CC)|
|Linda St. Laurent||55||48 (5/18 at Chanticlair GC, Colchester)|
|Katherine Harrington||57.2||50 (5/3 & 5/29 at Quinnatisset)|
|Caitlin Cannon||56.1||50 (5/3 & 5/11 at Quinnatisset)|
|Avery Jones||60||54 (5/11 & 5/29 at Quinnatisset)|
|Alex Vaida||66.2||59 (4/26 at Quinnatisset)|
|Kailey LaChappelle||54.8||45 (5/29 at Quinnatisset)|