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Many accomplishments, tough finish for Canton girls in golf

CANTON, June 10 — Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Canton is one of the smallest schools in the state fielding a girls golf team.

The Warriors won the Southern Connecticut Girls Golf League championship in 2008 and 2009. In both years, they were one of 16 teams to qualify for the CIAC championship tournament. This season, the Warriors set a new school record with 18 victories in 22 matches. Still, the last few weeks of the season were disappointing for a team used to success.

In the league tournament at Traditions Golf Course in Wallingford, the Warriors stumbled. On the front nine of the 18-hole tournament, the Warriors competed against Mercy-Middletown, who turned in one of their best scores of the season in a 184-202 victory.

That loss gave Canton a record of 9-3 in the SCGGL, one match behind Avon and Cheshire at 10-2. Cheshire won the title on differential or essentially a better scoring average. If Canton could have beaten Mercy and finished in a three-way tie for first place, they would have won the league title on differential.

Mercy won the 18-hole SCGGL tournament with a 373 with Cheshire (379) and Avon (380) taking second and third. Canton was fourth with a 390. Kelly McAlindin led the Warriors with an 88.

Nikki Liucci earned first team All-SCGGL honors for the second straight year. McAlindin, Sarah Getz and Megan Roux earned second team All-SCGGL honors.

At the CIAC tournament, the Warriors were seeded ninth in the field of 15 teams. They finished 14th with a 425. Megan Roux was the only Canton golfer to break 100 with a 99, including a 44 on the front nine. Nikki Liucci (104), McAlindin (103), Sarah Getz (119) and Danielle Coutu (128) each scored over 100.

Canton (18-4, 9-3 SCGGL) had some noteworthy accomplishments this spring. They were the only team to hand state champion Farmington a loss in a 199-206 victory at Blue Fox in April. They had a season-low 184 in a 60-stroke win over Suffield in May and beat Glastonbury, Simsbury (twice) and Lauralton Hall. Getz, Liucci and Roux were each medalists during the season.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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