YARMOUTH PORT — Monomoy girls golf coach John Anderson was a little nervous when he first saw junior standout Jennie Grogan moments after she finished playing her round at Monday’s Cape and Islands League girls golf championship at Kings Way Golf Club.
“When I saw her come in, she had this look on her face that I didn’t know what happened,” Anderson said. “She was like, ‘Ah, I didn’t play that well, I shot a 62’ and I was like, ‘That’s 2-over!’”
While carding a 2-over-par 62 might seem like a bad day for Grogan — she holds the Kings Way women’s course record of 57, a mark she set at last year’s league championship — it was more than enough for the Harwich Port resident to defend her title as the Cape and Islands’ best player with a third consecutive league championship.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said Grogan, who recorded three birdies and hit for par on 11 holes. “I love this course. I knew I wasn’t going to beat my last score because that beat the record, but I was happy with my round.”
Grogan first won the league title as an eighth grader before defending it with her record round a year ago. The 2020 tournament was canceled entirely due to COVID.
“She does such an amazing job and puts in so much work,” Anderson said. “She comes to every tournament site and plays a round before and really scopes it out. It’s talent and hard work and a great attitude, so I’m really proud of her.”
Grogan held off runner-up Sarah Zink (69), a senior from Barnstable, and Falmouth sophomore Alanna Geraghty (70) to defend her title.
She wasn’t the only Monomoy player to take part in the championship. Sophomores Ava Packett (80), Delaney Kline (92), Sally Watson (97) and Yu Ying Zou (100) and eighth-grader Ava Larocco (91) also represented the Sharks.
The round served as a good test for Monomoy (11-2), which will play in the South sectional tournament June 2 at Falmouth Country Club with a state final berth on the line. For Packett, Monday’s tournament was another opportunity to heal from a recent back injury.
“I had a back injury a couple weeks ago, so I’ve been hurting a little bit, but I honestly didn’t play as bad as I thought I was going to,” Packett said. “Eighteen [holes] felt like a lot, but it was a good day.”
Nauset girls were also well represented at Monday’s tournament as senior co-captain Lauren Knight (93), junior co-captain Kerry Farrell (89), sophomore Bella Roberts (77) and freshman Alexa Azure (112) competed for the Warriors (3-9).
Roberts said the key for her low round was her short game — an essential tool that’s needed to thrive at Kings Way, which features 13 holes that are par 3.
“Par 3’s aren’t my biggest strength, but I thought my short game was good today,” said Roberts, an Orleans resident.
Knight, who also resides in Orleans, received a medal after being honored as the tournament’s Rich Mason Unsung Hero Award recipient. She received the honor, which is named after longtime Falmouth boys and girls golf coach, after battling through a knee injury to play.
“I got a call at 9 a.m. this morning to come and play,” said Knight, who was only playing in her second match of the season after a knee injury sidelined her for much of the spring. “I feel very, very grateful to be here and to have played. It was a great way to end the season.”
Nauset coach Brian Hicks said Knight, who is committed to play Division 1 field hockey at Quinnipiac University, was “positive and upbeat” all season.
“She kept us going a little bit,” Hicks said. “It was so good for her to be able to come out here and finish her career this way.”
While Monday marked the end of the Warriors’ season, the Monomoy girls are eager to continue their postseason run at the sectional, where they’ll look to finish in the top three and qualify for the state championship, scheduled for June 7 at Eastward Ho! Country Club.
“We’re very excited, especially that it’s a lot closer to home than it usually is,” Packett said of the possibility of playing at nearby — and familiar — Eastward Ho! “But we definitely don’t want to get cocky or anything like that, we want to go in with a clear head. This was the start of the tournaments, so we’re really excited.”
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