Bunnell girls golf team heads into home stretch of long season
After a tedious and frustrating start to its season, the Bunnell High School girls golf team of Stratford has finally passed into the second half of its season. Now there is roughly 10 days remaining to a season full of postponements, little practice and limited players and victories.
The Lady Bulldogs' most recent event was a loss on May 16 to Joel Barlow in a home match at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford, played in rain and soggy conditions. Prior to that on May 14 was a loss to Notre Dame of Fairfield on the Red Course at Fairchild-Wheeler.
There is a potential for four opponents during the week of May 21. The South-West Conference tournament will be May 29 at Brownson Country Club in Shelton.
Statistically, junior Danka Hlinka leads the team with having completed 81 of the 99 holes played. She also has the lowest scoring average with 63.1, followed by senior Debra Caminade (74.0), senior Kellie Taylor (74.8), and junior Sasha Kalson (78.2).
In a loss May 8 at Brookfield, the Lady Bulldogs played their ninth of 16 matches. Horrific spring weather had forced the team to move many matches to the back end of the schedule, and now they are at the final stage of a scheduled seven matches in 11 days.
In the loss to Brookfield at Sunset Hill Golf Course, senior Debra Caminade, in just her seventh week as a golfer, had a personal best of 67. Junior Danka Hlinka led the team with a 59 and senior Kellie Taylor had a 71. For the season, Hlinka has a 63.1 scoring average to lead the team. She was on her average of 63 on May 9 in a loss to Immaculate, 251-299, at Oronoque Country Club, front nine, par 36. Sasha Kalson had 77 and Kellie Taylor 78 for Bunnell, which had to take a maximum score of 81 for its team total because it had only three players.
A scheduled match May 10 versus Stratford had to be moved to May 23, giving Bunnell three matches the week of May 14 and two match dates but three opponents the week of May 21. The Bunnell results to date include:
April 9, MATCH 1, Richter Park: Immaculate-Danbury High School 279, Bunnell High School 302
April 18, MATCH 2, Oronoque: Masuk 212, Bunnell 296
April 23, MATCH 3, Oronoque: Notre Dame-Fairfield 244, Bunnell 297
April 26, MATCH 4, Redding CC: Joel Barlow 221, Bunnell 303
April 30, MATCH 5, Mill River: Bunnell 289, Stratford 308
May 1, MATCH 6, Oronoque: Weston 218, Bunnell 276
May 2, MATCH 7, Rock Ridge CC: Newtown 208, Bunnell 286
May 7, MATCH 8, Whitney Farms: Masuk 220, Bunnell 304
May 8, MATCH 9, Sunset Hill: Brookfield 211, Bunnell 276.
May 9, MATCH 10, Oronoque: Immaculate-Danbury 251, Bunnell 299. Bunnell's record: 1-9.