Greenwich has a proud history of Girls Golf teams dating back to 1978-1989. During this time, the team won three state Connecticut Girls Golf League championships (1979, 1983 and 1984), two state runner-up finishes (1980 and 1982) a 3rd place finish in 1986 and a 4th place finish in 1978. Amanda Presto (1979), who first played on and was undefeated on the Boys Team (as there was no girls team) won state individual championships in 1978 and 1979 and also went on to place in the top 5 in the National High School Tournament at Disney World, earning her All-America honors. Arle Presto (class of 1984) won the State Class A individual championship in 1983 and 1984. As a sophomore, Jennifer Magyar (class of 1985) won the Class C state championship. The banner for the CGGL championships is hung in GHS Gym C.
The teams were coached by Eileen O'Toole (1980-86), Cindy Keegan (1987), Guy Zerega (1988-89), and finally Rick Osvick (1989-90). The format during these years was match play. Presently, all 40+ public high schools in Connecticut compete under stroke play.
Since the return of Varsity Girls Golf in 2005, coached by Marie Shimchick, many things are different but the tradition of success remains the same. The 2005 team proved they could play with anyone in the FCIAC and the state. Compiling a 10-5-2 record, the team just missed the FCIAC tournament by one stroke (finishing in 6th place) but qualified for the CIAC tournament, seeded 11th (out of 12 teams). The varsity team of Jackie Backman, Lauren Anstey, Lauren Pruner, Leah Colombo and Meghan Grabarz finished 10th, 1 stroke away from a tie for 7th place. Jackie Backman and Leah Colombo were named Honorable Mention to the All FCIAC team.
The 2006 team built on the success of the year before, compiling a 11-4 Varsity record and a perfect 7-0 JV record. They qualified for their first FCIAC tournament (played at Shorehaven CC), seeded 4th and placing 4th, 1 stroke out of 3rd and 5 strokes out of 2nd place. The tournament was won by Staples who went on to become state champions. In the CIAC tournament, the Lady Cards shocked many FCIAC opponents by not only being seeded 4th, but by finishing a remarkable 3rd place in the state! The team of Lauren Pruner, Lauren Anstey, Leah Colombo, Lauren Lockwood and Paige Levy scored a team 380 (18 holes), which was an amazing 30 strokes lower than the 2005 team. Leah Colombo was named the Pepsi Scholar-Athlete for the month of May. She and Lauren Anstey earned a place on the All-FCIAC second team and Lauren Pruner was named Honorable mention.
The 2007 team proved "depth prevails", compiling a 12-3 Varsity record and a 5-3 JV record. They hosted and qualified for the FCIAC tournament (played at Greenwich CC), seeded 3rd and placing 4th, 18 strokes out of 1st place. The tournament was won by Fairfield Warde. In the CIAC tournament, the Lady Cards were again seeded 4th, and again 3rd place in the state, despite 2 weather delays and an 18 hole round that lasted more than 7 hours! The team of Leah Colombo, Lauren Lockwood, Leigh Wellington, Paige Levy and Esther Ha scored a team 395, 10 strokes out of 1st place, which was again won by Staples. Leah Colombo was named to the All-FCIAC 1st Team (a first for the program) and Leigh Wellington, in her freshmen year, was named to the 2nd team. Lauren Lockwood was named Honorable mention. Coach Marie Shimchick was named the FCIAC Coach of the Year for 2007. Leah Colombo was the 1st player in GHS Girls Golf history to sign a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Division I Fairfield University (transferring to Eckerd University in Tampa in 2008-09 in order to study Marine Biology but still competing on the Women's Golf Team).
The 2008 team built on this success, compiling a 12-1-2 Varsity record and a 5-4 JV record. Once again they qualified for the FCIAC tournament (played at Smith Richardson GC in Fairfield), seeded 2nd and tying Staples for 3rd (399), behind New Canaan and Fairfield Ludlowe. In the CIAC tournament, the Lady Cards were seeded 2nd, but unfortunately dropped to 9th place. A hilly Heritage Village CC course proved too difficult for the team over 18 holes. The team of Leigh Wellington, Jordan Donohue, Valerie Leone, Esther Ha and Paige Levy scored a team 408. The tournament was won by undefeated New Canaan, their 2nd overall title in 7 years. Soph. Leigh Wellington was named to the All-FCIAC 1st Team and Sr. Jordan Donohue was named to the 2nd team. Valerie Leone was named Honorable mention. 2008 Team awards: MVP: Leigh Wellington; MIP: Katie Sitarz; Coach's Award: Jordan Donohue
Two of the goals of the 2009 team was to improve on their performance in the CIAC Tournament and qualify again for the FCIAC Tournament, both of which were acccomplished (CIAC: 5th place with a team 393 and FCIAC team 400). The team of Valerie Leone, Leigh Wellington, Esther Ha, Amy Hansen and Courtney Enright represented GHS in both tournaments. Coach Shimchick was assisted this year by Morgan Olds, a member of the Durameds Futures Tour and a graduate of Elon University. The Varsity record was 13-3 and JV was 3-5. A season highlight was to hand eventual state champion Weston their only loss of the season. Jr. Captain Leigh Wellington was again named to the All-FCIAC 1st Team and Sr. Captain Valerie Leone made the 2nd Team. Esther Ha was named Honorable Mention. Val Leone was also the FCIAC Scholar-Athlete for the month of May and voted the Bruce Bennett Nissan Female Athlete of the Week on May 29, a first for the program. She will continue her golf career on the Women's team at Gettysburg College, our 2nd collegiate player in "modern" team history. 2009 Team awards: MVP: Leigh Wellington; MIP: Amy Hansen; Coach's Award: Valerie Leone
The 2010 team completed the most successful season thus far with a 16-1 overall and 8-0 FCIAC season record. The one loss (to Lauralton Hall) was by one stroke early in the season. For the first time, the Lady Cards were the FCIAC Regular Season Champions, also capturing their 1st FCIAC Tournament Championship. The banner proudly hangs in Gym B. Sophomore Brooke Nethercott, an Overtime-Blue Streak Player of the Week, was the FCIAC tournament medalist with a team record 79 (18 holes). Her score of 82 (3rd overall) in the CIAC tournament, coupled with her top 10 CIAC differential (3.033) was enough for her to be named the CHSCA Player of the Year for the State of Connecticut, and the 1st player in team history to be named to the CIAC All State team. Sr. Captain Leigh Wellington and Nethercott both earned spots on the 5 member 1st team All FCIAC squad while Sr. Captain Esther Ha was an Honorable mention candidate. Seeded 2nd in the CIAC tournament for the 3rd time in 6 seasons, the Lady Cards also finished second to state champion Farmington at Orange Hills CC.