ESSEX FELLS, NJ — After finishing with a perfect 12-0 record in its 2015 season and earning the North Jersey Girls Golf League (NJGGL) regular season crown, the golf club from Mount Saint Dominic Academy found that the perfect way to cap off that unbeaten campaign was with a first-place finish in the team standings at the NJGGL championship meet on Monday, May 19, at Essex Fells Country Club.
Although one might think that the only way to go from perfection is down, the reality is that the team can actually better last year's outcome by matching its 2015 efforts. In addition, a positive 2016 Essex County Tournament experience could also better last year’s outcome, as the Mount wasn’t able to compete in the 2015 Essex County Championships clash due to a scheduling conflict.
“It was great to go unbeaten in the regular season and it was just amazing to win the conference championship meet title, even though we did not perform anywhere near our best that day,” said veteran Mount head coach Juliet Little, a member of the MSDA Class of 2000 and a former Fairfield resident. “It wasn't our best day, that's for sure, but our girls hung in there and found a way to win, even though we had three of our top five shoot above above their average.”
The 2016 MSDA team, which will be looking to defend the team's two 2015 titles, includes all of last year's top five, plus a returnee from the past.
That list includes: co-captain Kristen Gengaro, a senior who averaged 45.8 last year; fellow co-captain Lauren Turano, a 12th-grader who averaged 52.4; junior Marissa Broderick (44.7 average); fellow 11th-grader Gina Fujii (53.7 average); and junior Sabrina Sgobba (55.1 average). Elizabeth Elliott, a senior from West Caldwell, has also returned to the team after leaving for one year to concentrate on year-round tennis as a junior.
“After going 12-0 (in the regular season), it would have been a big disappointment to not win the league championship meet, so I was very, very happy and very proud of our girls,” said Little of the team's finish to the 2015 campaign. “We went winless, 0-13, in my first year, 2012, and then, just three seasons later, went unbeaten, 12-0, in 2015.
“So, now, we've turned that around completely—which says a lot about the hard work that our girls have put in over years—we have to keep it going and, if at all possible, do even better this season.”
The Lady Links Lions are scheduled to kick off their current campaign with trip to Westfield (Echo Lake Country Club) set for 4 p.m. on Monday, April 4, with the next outing set for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at the Mount's home course, Essex County Country Club.