WA coach would like to expand golf offering for girls

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., May. 29, 2012
Woodstock Academy's 2012 golf team poses together after the tourney. Photos by D. Coffey.
Woodstock Academy's 2012 golf team poses together after the tourney. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Woodstock Academy girls' golf team saw the ECC team trophy they'd won last year go to Norwich Free Academy after the second annual ECC girls' golf tournament on May 23. Eighteen golfers from six schools came together at Quinnetisset Golf Course for the event. Woodstock Academy, Norwich Free Academy, Bacon Academy, Waterford, East Lyme and Ledyard were all represented.

NFA came in first with a team score of 199. Woodstock placed second with 205 and Bacon Academy placed third with 212. This marks the second year that Barbara Wilson of East Lyme walked away with the lowest individual score. This year she shot a 41 to win the award. WA freshman Elaina Becher gave her best performance of the season, shooting a team-low 45.

WA Athletic Director Christopher Coderre said the tournament is a great opportunity for the girls. “It drums up excitement to come out and compete against each other on the same playing field,” he said.  “Now I just wish more schools would jump on board with it. I know there are more female golfers in the league who didn't come out today. I'd like every other school with a female golfer to be able to send that player to the tournament.”

WA coach Randy Weigand agreed. He'd like to see the golf tournament expand to include more schools and golfers. He's also working on increasing the number of players for Woodstock's 2013 team. He expects one freshman, one sophomore and three juniors to play on next year's team, and is looking to open up play for eighth-graders from Brooklyn, Pomfret and Woodstock. “We need new bodies,” he said.

Weigand said that golf teaches honor and sportsmanship. “No matter the situation, no matter the score, what you shoot on a hole is what you make,” he said. “The second thing is the camaraderie that develops among the players. They get to meet so many different people.”

WA senior Sarah Baranski said her teammates have really bonded together over the years. And the two-hour matches have given them opportunities to meet new people and development friendships. She credited Weigand with pushing them to get better. “Golf makes you think about where you're going to hit it and how you're going to hit it,” she said. “There's a lot to consider.”

Becher, who is playing competitively for the first time, said the game allows her a chance to escape. “I just love it,” she said. “It's relaxing and fun, and the girls are so nice.”

Weigand would like to have brought the trophy back home to Woodstock, but he waxed philosophical after the event. “That's the game,” he said. “We had three players that played pretty good and the other two that normally play well just didn't perform well. They felt bad. It is what it is. That's what the learning process is. That's team competition. That's part of the deal.”

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