Suffield High School girls’ golf team tees off

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Fri., Apr. 15, 2011
Annie Murphy tees off in a recent match against Avon. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Annie Murphy tees off in a recent match against Avon. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On April 6, the Lady Wildcats of Suffield High School came out swinging in their first regular season golf match against Avon at Cooper Hill Golf Course. Bundled up to combat the stubborn winter chill still in the air, the team began warm-ups on the putting green, as coaches Ron Kilby and Diana Cunningham ran down the day’s schedule.

Led by junior Kim Mai and sophomore Molly Zatony, the Lady Wildcats are hoping to improve on last year’s 6-9-1 season. The outlook for the 2011 season is good. “Kim is one of the top players in the state, and Molly has made great strides since last year; she’ll be our solid number two,” Kilby said.

The small team consist of five players: Mai, Zatony, Annie Murphy, Sarah Murphy and Kate Butler. “We are hoping more players will join,” Cunningham said. “We have some new girls this year who are just getting started, so there is a chance the team will grow as the season progresses.”

Fortunate to have skilled returning players, the team will rely on sisters Annie and Sarah Murphy for support in the three and four slots. “Annie and Sarah are terrific,” Kilby said. “It’s great to have sisters on the team; I know they are practicing together and encouraging one another both at home and on the team.”

Butler is just starting out with the team. “Kate is new, but she is showing a lot of potential,” Kilby said.

Looking forward to upcoming matches, Kilby pointed out areas in which the team will need to improve. “We will need consistent performances from our three, four and five players if we are able to make it to the state tournament this year,” he said.

A full schedule can be found on



Coach’s Corner-

Suffield High School Girls’ Golf Coaches Ron Kilby & Diana Cunningham

Captain: Kim Mai

Goal for the season ahead: “We would like to achieve a .500 season and make it to the states for the first time as a team,” Kilby said.



Spotlight Players-

Kim Mai – Junior: The top-seeded SHS player, Mai has been swinging a club since the seventh grade. Following in her big brother Andy’s footsteps, Mai has risen to be one of the top high school players in Connecticut. “Kim is one of the most talented overall players out there today,” Kilby said.

Mai prefers the short game. “I enjoy putting,” she said. “I think as women we make up for our distance with our short game.”


Molly Zatony – Sophomore: Seeded-second for SHS, Zatony began playing golf at the age of 12. Kilby commented on her strengths. “Molly is a very, very smart player. She anticipates the game well,” he said.

In addition to golf, Zatony plays basketball, lacrosse and volleyball. “I like how relaxing golf is,” she said. “It is quiet and there is not a ton going on to distract you.”


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