YARMOUTH PORT – Jennie Grogan had an inkling that she might have a good day on the golf course when she visited the driving range to hit balls ahead of Monday’s Cape and Islands League individual golf championship at Kings Way Golf Club in Yarmouth Port.
While the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore sensation could tell she had her A game at the driving range, Grogan became certain that she was playing well once her putts began to fall during the match.
The combination of solid hitting off the tees and fairways and outstanding putting helped Grogan shoot a 3-under-par 57 — good enough for a new women’s course record at Kings Way and more than enough to defend her crown as the Cape and Islands League’s individual girls champion.
“I hit on the range before I got here and I was just hitting the ball really good,” said Grogan, a Harwich Port resident. “And then when I got here, I started making my putts, so I felt I had it.”
Grogan was surprised to learn she set a new course record for Kings Way, which opened in 1987, during the trophy presentation after the match.
“I had no idea,” she said. “This is the first course that I’ve had the record, so that’s really awesome.”
Monday’s victory marked the second consecutive individual league championship for Grogan. She captured the 2019 title at Kings Way as an eighth grader after shooting a 7-over 67 to outlast Emma Abramson, who back then was an eighth grader at Sandwich.
The two familiar foes, both now sophomores, played in the same foursome Monday, and while Abramson ultimately garnered runner-up honors again after shooting a 65, she wasn’t able to provide Grogan much of a scare following a slow start.
“It started out a little rough — 5-over through five — but then I played even for the next 13,” said Abramson. “I was happy to come back.”
The way Grogan was putting the ball, however — she had five birdies during her round — it may not have even mattered how the competition fared.
“I made a lot of putts for birdies, so that was nice because I don’t usually make that many birdies,” Grogan said.
Sturgis West freshman Mya Murphy (66) finished third behind Abramson, while Cape Cod Academy freshman Bella Scioletti (73) and Monomoy senior Jane Howard (75) rounded out the top five.
Another Monomoy up-and-comer, freshman Ava Packett (78), was sixth, and junior Yu Shang Zou (79) took seventh. Junior Charlotte Blute played alongside Grogan and Howard and shot an 88.
It’s been a magical year for the Sharks, including junior Isabella McMahon and freshmen Yu Ying Zou and Sally Watson. As a team, Monomoy posted an 8-0 record to win the league’s regular season title.
“This has been a super special year the way it’s all come together,” said head coach John Anderson, who also coaches Monomoy’s boys squad in the fall. “It’s just been special. I think my number six player came in fifth or sixth place today — that’s pretty amazing. That’s honestly all of the hard work that they’ve put in since eighth grade.”
Howard agreed, noting this year has been especially gratifying for the team after last year’s entire season was canceled due to COVID-19. She also said that she feels Monomoy is in good hands once she moves on from the program.
“It feels so good because I’m a senior and this is my last year,” said Howard. “It just feels so good to be undefeated. I have a lot of faith in the team for future years because I see more and more girls wanting to come out. I mean, we even have a JV team.”
Up next for the Sharks is the Division 1 South sectional tournament June 21 at Ridder Farm Golf Course in East Bridgewater.
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