Darien girls golf team has high expectations for seniors
Published 3:30 pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2011
2009 was a banner year for the Darien High girls golf program. The Blue Wave proved it was not a fluke, posting its second straight second place finish at the FCIAC tournament. Darien followed it up by finishing third at states, placing four girls in the top 29 scorers.
Now, after graduating its top player, Stephanie Ko, Darien will rely heavily on a senior laden lineup to make waves in the FCIAC for a third consecutive year. Five of Darien's top six players are seniors, including co-captains Kendall Kyritz and Nicole Granath.
Kyritz and Granath have not only put in time improving their games, but working with underclassmen to insure success up and down the roster.
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"So far they've been great because they've been helping out the younger kids and they help out each other, and they feed off each other," head coach Brian Zeyer said.
That leadership has helped the Blue Wave get off to a 2-0 start, both FCIAC matches. Kyritz, so far, has paced the Blue Wave averaging a 45.5 across two matches. Granath has shot a pair of 53s. The pair is working to replace Ko, who placed eighth at the state tournament and shot an average of 43 throughout the regular season.
"They do know they're missing a very good player, but they know it's part of golf," Zeyer said. "They're ready to fill the role."
Zeyer knows his team is in good hands with a pair of captains that bring leadership in their respective ways. Kyritz, a practice junky, is the lead-by-example type, while Granath works to keep the team's spirits high with her positive attitude.
"Both are very strong with their own games, working on certain parts of their game to try to improve it," Zeyer said.
Seniors Corinne Teschner, Perrin Brown and Molly Marren will rotate in filling out the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. This trio's improvement over the course of the season will go a long way in determining the success of the team.
"I just hope they improve every match," Zeyer said. "Hopefully we can get them down in the 50s, and if we can do that we'll be competitive with anybody."
Having so much senior experience rounding out the roster is a luxury most teams are not afforded, a fact not lost on Zeyer, who is entering his ninth year heading the program.
"It's always positive having played in tournaments before," the coach said.
Marren enters the season with the most varsity experience of the three -- averaging a score of just under 66 in 10 matches.
Darien's youngest varsity player, sophomore Izzy Lee, will hold down the No. 3 spot for the Blue Wave. Lee, Darien's No. 4 player in 2010, shot a 103 in the state tournament as a freshman. Confidence will be the biggest key to Lee's success, who will look to improve on last year's average score of 48.
"She has to believe in herself. And once she does that she'll be very good," Zeyer said.
The Blue Wave is entering a stretch of the road matches that include trips to Trumbull, Ridgefield and Fairfield Warde before April comes to an end.