South Sectional golf: First-year Bishop Feehan staff captures championship

MARSHFIELD — Like the rest of her teammates, Hanley Correia knew she was taking a foray into uncharted territory when she opted to hitch Bishop Feehan’s new women golf program. Early throughout the spring, no person may need predicted exactly what the long term had in retailer for the crew, having been constructed principally from scratch.

Thanks largely to the freshman’s efforts, the Shamrocks have already etched their place in historic previous. Correia accomplished even par (73), as Bishop Feehan captured the 2023 South Sectional championship with a combined score of 350 at Marshfield Nation Membership on Tuesday.

“They’ve labored laborious all 12 months lengthy,” acknowledged Bishop Feehan coach Angel MacLeod. “That is our first season, in order that they sort of simply clicked nicely collectively. They had been actually trying ahead to this. They practiced laborious, that they had an amazing week of preparation.”

It may need been the Shamrocks’ first crack at a sectional occasion, nevertheless it undoubtedly didn’t appear as such. Bishop Feehan outpaced the sphere by 45 strokes, with Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) ending as a result of the runner-up. Along with Correia, the Shamrocks had been propelled by Carol Pignato (82) and Nora Charnley (84).

Whereas many struggled with the twists and the turns of the course, Correia found herself thriving. She proceeded to shoot an eagle on the eighth hole, and he or she was merely getting started.

“It’s undoubtedly a tricky course,” Correia acknowledged afterward. “ Particularly in the event you don’t hit the ball so lengthy. It performs very lengthy, the greens are robust. All of them are tiered, and so they may give you issues in the event you’re not on the precise aspect of them.”

When the last word outcomes had been calculated, Correia accomplished with the very best specific particular person score, besting Hingham standout Piper Jordan by three strokes. Bishop Feehan had three athletes place among the many many excessive 5 scorer.

MacLeod has served as Bishop Feehan’s boys golf coach for years, and has had members of the Shamrocks’ new women crew participate with the squad in earlier years. Nonetheless, it appears there merely is probably a mannequin new program on the rise.

“We had been simply pushing for the women to play within the spring,” MacLeod acknowledged. “I’m glad they took a leap of religion, and determined to do it. Bought some women to play, and so they simply actually need it. The women needed it.”

Jillian Johnson of Notre Dame Academy, left, and Piper Johnson of Hingham share enjoyable in the middle of the South Sectional women golf championship on Tuesday. (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)