CAPRON – Marian Central girls golf coach Paula Watson hardly could contain her excitement after the Hurricanes’ season-opening meet at Beaver Creek.
“I’m really thrilled with what I saw today,” Watson said. “Let’s go! On to the next one!”
Watson had every right to be excited.
Marian (2-0) recorded four of the top five scores in Monday’s Harvard Triangular, winning the three-team meet with a final score of 175. Byron (1-1) finished 11 shots behind the Hurricanes with a 186, and Harvard (0-2) was third with a 243.
Seniors Kenzie Mocogni and Emily Johnson led the way for the Hurricanes, earning co-medalist honors along with Byron’s Sarah Detig. All three fired a 43 on the par-35 course.
“I was really anxious to get the season started,” Mocogni said. “The course was wide open and the weather was beautiful. We have a very strong mix of older and younger players this year, and I can’t wait to see where the team goes from here.”
Mocogni started slowly with a pair of double bogeys on the course’s opening two holes, but quickly found her rhythm with pars on four of the next seven. Johnson recorded the Hurricanes only birdie of the day on the par-4, 285-yard No. 4.
“It was a rough start, but after the first couple I think things went pretty smoothly,” Mocogni said. “I had a bit of a struggle on the par-5 [No. 8], but other than that I felt great for the first time out. It’s always nice to get the first one out of the way.”
Sophomore Sophia Archos posted a 44, and freshman Maria Mercurio (45) rounded out the scoring for Marian.
“We had nine freshman tryout this year – one that’s already a strong golfer in Maria [Mercurio] and the others all coming along,” Watson said. “We have a great group of seniors, great attitudes and terrific teammates. They are great girls to be around.”
Mocogni, Johnson and Archos all made it to sectionals as individual qualifiers last season, and all are expected to make it back.
Archos, who was seen practicing her putting immediately after Monday’s round, said she was happy with the result, but that she needed to fine tune some things.
“I’ve been working really hard with the swing coach and working on getting connected through my entire swing,” Archos said. “My putting wasn’t sharp today, either. I just couldn’t get a feel for it. Hopefully that will come along shortly.”
Senior Kayleigh Isonhart, also a sectional qualifier from a year ago, was the lead scorer for Harvard with a 51. The Hornets have only four golfers on their roster, but they are all returning players for coach Doug Sijersen.
“The scores today are higher than I would have liked, but so are everybody else’s from what I’ve seen,” Sijersen said. “I saw a lot of good things out there today, but there are some things we need to fix. It’s still very early.”
Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets were Marley Smith (60), Elizabeth Wright (63) and Sarah Brookner (69).