IHA girls, Ridgewood boys earn bids to state golf championships by Greg Mattura of The Record
Immaculate Heart won its first Girls’ North sectional golf title in a battle in which the top four teams finished within eight strokes.
The Blue Eagles carded a shoot-five, count-four score of 334 on Tuesday at Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club in Readington to earn the first of four bids to next week’s State Girls’ Championship.
“It’s always a great day when you get to win the sectional tournament for the first time in school history,” IHA coach Lauren Rhein said. “The girls set goals in every tournament before they head out and this is the first tournament where they exceeded what their goal was.”
IHA freshman Yoona Kim was runner-up with 1-over-par 72, one shot behind medalist Katie Lee of Hunterdon Central. Three sophomores scored for the Blue Eagles, with Regina Garvey carding 79, Charlotte Stanton 88 and Paige Durante 95.
Hunterdon Central was runner-up with 338 and Ridge and Pingry each shot 342. Ridgewood had 383 and was sixth among 14 teams. Bergen Tech was eighth with 411, followed by Holy Angels (417), NV/Old Tappan (437) and Northern Highlands (449).
Boys North Group 4
Ridgewood earned a bid to Monday’s State Boys’ Championship by finishing runner-up to Ridge at Tuesday’s North Group 4 sectional at Fox Hollow in Branchburg.
Ridgewood shot a four-man 315, three behind Ridge, with junior Davis Weil carding 2-over 72 to tie for fifth via match of cards. Liam Seston shot 75, Matt Saraceno 82 and Cole Peabody 86.
“There’s a core group that’s worked really hard to get themselves the best opportunity that they could out of this,” said Ridgewood coach Ron Knott, whose team won the Section1 crown. “And they’ve gone ahead and done it.”