Woodstock Academy claims girls' golfing trophy

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., Jun. 7, 2011
Woodstock Academy's girls' golf team captures its first ECC tournament trophy at Quinnatisset Country Club. Photos by D. Coffey.
Woodstock Academy's girls' golf team captures its first ECC tournament trophy at Quinnatisset Country Club. Photos by D. Coffey.

Woodstock Academy hosted an ECC girls’ golf tournament at Quinnatisset Golf Course on June 2. Bacon Academy, Norwich Free Academy and Woodstock Academy fielded teams for the event. Waterford, Fitch, East Lyme and Ledyard sent individual golfers to compete. The field of 20 had to contend with strong winds throughout the day.

Woodstock captured the team trophy with a score of 196, their lowest of the season. NFA came in at 214 and Bacon at 237.

Barbara Wilson from East Lyme won medalist honors by shooting a 40 in the tournament. She beat Fitch's Albrianna Farnum by one stroke to win the honor and the plaque that went with it. Woodstock senior Erin Kelly shot a 42.

Woodstock Academy coach Randy Weigand pulled his team aside before the match to give them one last pep talk, calm their nerves and help them focus. He wanted them to remember which way the wind was blowing before they took their shots. Forget about everything: think about the wind, he told them.

“Evidently, the wind wasn’t a big factor for the girls because their scores were low,” Weigand said after the tournament. “They all played pretty well. They all managed the golf course and they played in record time.”

“It's gratifying to see the end product of your work,” the coach said. “It's great to coach kids who want to learn.”

Weigand hopes the tournament news will spur interest in girls’ golf in the region. He would like to see a fourth school develop a girls’ golf team so that they can form an ECC league.

Woodstock Academy Athletic Director Chris Coderre was hopeful that they could build upon the success of this year’s tournament. “We’re proud to host the first ECC tournament,” he said. “We hope it grows over the years and we can offer this opportunity to girls in the league.”



Coach's Corner-

Woodstock Academy Girls’ Golf Head Coach Randy Weigand.

Third season with the team.

Thoughts on season: “The ladies did an outstanding job. Under the [windy] conditions, I was very impressed. They all played well. I told them before the match that I would be very happy if they shot 216. This is the first time we've been under 200. They saved the best for last,” said Weigand.



Spotlight Players-

Erin Kelly - Senior, Number-One Golfer: “Senior and captain Erin Kelly's numbers are consistently steady. You can count on her numbers not to fluctuate. She just goes out and plays her best golf all the time, every time,” said Weigand.


Stacy Baranski – Junior, Number-Two Golfer: “Stacy’s starting to understand how to play a good round of golf. She’s learning to shorten her swing and not hit it far all the time. Her scores are starting to improve. With one more year to play, she has great potential,” Weigand remarked.


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