EAST BRIDGEWATER — What many expected to be a monumental day for the Monomoy Regional High School’s girls golf program ultimately turned out to be a bittersweet ending to a historic season.
After posting a 12-0 record and capturing the Cape and Islands League title, the Sharks headed into the postseason as one of the state’s top teams to watch. A big part of Monomoy’s success has been because of Jennie Grogan, a sophomore from Harwich Port who finished as the runner-up at the 2019 South sectional championship as an eighth grader.
Grogan was expected to be among the leaders at Monday’s South championship, and she was — until the 15th hole when she had to withdraw from the match due to lingering back issues that have been bothering her recently.
“Honestly, if it was just an individual competition, she wouldn’t have played today,” Anderson said. “But she gave it a go and got to the 15th hole 3-over for her team and she just couldn’t swing anymore. It was a pretty amazing thing. It was special to see how much she wanted to be there for her team.”
Even without Grogan’s score, Monomoy still managed to finish fourth with 382 points. The top three teams from the South sectional — Notre Dame Academy-Hingham (342), Duxbury (348) and Hingham (354) — will now play in the state final.
On Friday, Monomoy was led by senior Jane Howard (89) and juniors Charlotte Blute (96) and Isabella McMahon (98), as well as freshman Ava Packett (99).
“I’m a little sad, but I’m ready to move on,” said Howard. “I’m glad I got to (play), because last year was so sad. It was also great we were able to do sectionals because at the beginning of the season we didn’t think we were going to be able to.”
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