AVON, June 5 — The Avon High girls golf team was unchallenged in the Southern Connecticut Girls Golf League this spring. The Falcons ran the table, going a perfect 12-0 in the league, to capture its first outright league championship and won the SCGGL Tournament for the second straight year. Marissa Grillo won the league title with a 76 at Hawk’s Nest in Southington.
Now, the Falcons want to move up at the CIAC girls golf championship tournament. Avon finished seventh in the state with a 393 at Orange Hills Country Club in Greenwich. It was the best finish for the Falcons since 2007 when they were sixth in the state. Fairfield Warde (381), Danbury (386) and New Canaan (388) were close to the Falcons. State champion Berlin (348), Farmington (355) and Greenwich (366) had some distance on the rest of the field.
“The girls were disappointed,” Avon High coach Patrick Welkey admitted. “We didn’t play as well as could have and I know they wanted to have a stronger finish to a very good season. We will learn from it and work hard at building on the many things that we accomplished this season.”
Grillo earned All-State honors for the second straight year. She also earned All-SCGGL honors along with Alexa Gentile and Alana Pulling. Catherine Ponziani earned second team honors.
Four of the five starters will return. Gentile graduates this spring and will play for Quinnipiac next spring. “She has been a great for four years as a golfer and a truly good person who has cared about the other girls on the team and the program’s success,” Welkey said.
2012 CIAC Tournament
At Greenwich (Orange Hills CC)
Team results — 1. Berlin 348; 2. Farmington 355; 3. Greenwich 366; 4. Fairfield Warde 381; 5. Danbury 386; 6. New Canaan 388; 7. Avon 393 (Marissa Grillo 86, Alexa Gentile 89, Alana Pulling 102, Leezy Laurova 116); 8. Hall 395; 9. Staples 400; 10. Northwest Catholic and Ridgefield 401; 12.Trumbull 411; 13. Cheshire 415; 14. Newington 433; 15. Simsbury 442 (Mikayla Sheary 91, Stephanie Rosenberg 101, Brittney Kalogeros 122, Madeleine Youngstrom 128).
1. Kelly Whaley (Farmington) 78; 2. Julia Kemmling (Berlin) 80; 3. Nikki Liucci (Canton) and Tori Radovic (Fairfield Warde) 83; 5. Jenn Whaley (Farmington) and Alexandra Sazhin (Greenwich) 84; 7. Marissa Grillo (Avon), Andra Frappier (Cheshire), and Abbey Doski (Newtown) 86; 10. Sadie Martinez (Northwest Catholic) 87; 11. Ashley D’Attilio and Brooke Nethercott (Greenwich) 88.
Top 11 golfers earn All-State honors
2012 SCGGL Tournament
Team results – 1. Avon 348, 2. Canton 389, 3. Mercy 400, 4. Cheshire 408; 5. Hand 423, 6, Sacred Heart Academy 457, 7. Suffield no score
Individuals – 1. Marissa Grillo, Avon, 76; 2. Alexa Gentile, Avon, 81