Woodstock Academy girls' golf team hungry for competition

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., May. 1, 2012
Senior Stacy Baranski is Woodstock Academy's number-one golfer. Photos by D. Coffey.
Senior Stacy Baranski is Woodstock Academy's number-one golfer. Photos by D. Coffey.

This is Woodstock Academy's fourth year with a girls' golf program, and coach Randy Weigand is still trying to drum up interest among area schools to develop their own teams. “We don't have lots of teams to play,” Weigand said. “We don't even have a league.” But they do have three things to look forward to each season.

The first is the Wildcat Scramble that Norwich Free Academy puts on each spring. The second is the tournament that Woodstock Academy sponsors each year. Lastly is the state tournament that his players can qualify for. The top 16 teams in the state will be selected.

“If we can get to a score of 200 or less average, we have a pretty good chance of qualifying,” he said. “Our problem is we only have 11 matches, so we can only throw one out.”

Still, Weigand likes his team's chances. He lost two seniors to graduation, but has Stacy Baranski as his lead-off golfer. She has been with the Woodstock program for four years. So has Makaela Bembeneck, Woodstock's number-two golfer. Both have the potential to score in the low 40s, he said.

“It's been going pretty good,” Weigand said. “I have a good squad if they go out and play like they are capable of. We should do pretty well.”

Sophomore Sothea Semmelrock has a straight drive down the middle of the course, but is working on her distance. Joelle Morrone, Woodstock's number-four golfer, is continually improving, as are all the girls on the squad.

Next year, Weigand would like to see more teams on the schedule. To that end, he is looking to compete against schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “With the economy and school budgets, it's tough for schools to find courses to play at,” he said. “We're fortunate. We have the potential to play just about anywhere.”

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