Elise Keane turned in her scorecard on Tuesday afternoon after completing her round in the MIAA Girls’ South golf championship at Ridder Farms Golf Course in East Bridgewater.
Then the Marshfield High senior waited. Would her 4-over-par 75 hold up?
The final two scores had not yet been posted.
When those numbers were tacked up to the side of the pro shop on a piece of paper, Keane was in disbelief.
She had earned medalist honors, locking up a trip to Monday’s state final at Heritage CC in Charlton. Three strokes back, Abby Jaye (Hopkinton), Emily Rodricks (Sturgis East), and Kristina Thimme (St. John Paul II) shared runner-up honors.
The Notre Dame Academy-Hingham girls edged Duxbury, 373-383, for the team title. Hingham was third. All three teams advance to the state final, along with the top 18 individuals.
Keane, who played in the third spot for the Marshfield co-ed team last fall, qualified for the South championship the past three years. Tuesday was her crowning moment.
“It’s a dream way to finish out my last season of high school golf,” said Keane, who will play golf and study business finance at Wagner College in the fall.
“Now, I’m excited to continue progressing for the state tournament.”
Keane started her day on the back nine, which is harder because there are woods and water on every hole. She made the turn at 4 over (40), cleared her mind, and geared up for the wider fairways on the front.
On Nos. 7, 8, 9, she closed with birdie, birdie, par, posting her best finish since carding a 72 at the New England championship last spring.
“Wagner is getting a great golfer that’s easy to coach, but she’s also a self-driven person,” said Marshfield coach Matt Murphy.
“She plays smart golf and I’m going to sincerely miss her next year.”
In the team competition, NDA was led by eighth-grader Eliana De Andrade (90), senior captain Tess Gallant (92), freshman Chase MacDonald (93), and junior Kelly Ewanich (98).
“It was a great team effort with great finals scores all around,” Gallant said.
“I’ve been so fortunate to be captain of this team and hopefully we can make a run in the state championship.”
Andrade delivered her best peformance of the spring season.
“We’re a young team, so our expectation was to qualify for state,” said Notre Dame coach Jay Durfee. “Earning the first-place trophy was an added bonus.”
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At the North/Central/West sectional held at Gardner Municipal GC, Wellesley (374) captured the team title, followed by Notre Dame-Worcester (374), and Westborough/Algonquin (378). All three teams advance to Monday’s state final. Concord-Carlisle’s Gabrielle Shieh (an even par 75) was the medalist, followed by Shrewsbury freshman Sufana Noorwez (77) and Lunenburg sophomore Emily Nash (78).
The top 15 finishers move on to the state final.
Division 2 North
Ipswich 19, Lowell Catholic 1 — Julia Glavin finished with five goals and one assist to lead the Tigers (16-1) to the quarterfinals.
Division 1 South
Wellesley 17, Milton 8 — Midfielders Caitlin Chicoski and Maddy Balter each scored five goals for the Raiders (14-5).
Sandwich 11, Marshfield 10 — Sophomore Sam Gorrasi scored eight times, including the winning goal for the Blue Knights (13-7).
Division 2 South
Scituate 19, Archbishop Williams 4 — Seniors Melinda Sweeney (seven goals) and Ally Irish (five goals) and sophomore Mackenzey Santorella (three goals) charged past the Bishops (15-6) to advance the Sailors (14-7) to the quarterfinals.
Norwell 15, Mashpee 1 — The Clippers scored 12 unanswered goals in the first half, including three from senior captain Addie Kent, en route to a 15-1 blowout home victory in the first round of the postseason. Fellow classmate and captain Grace Connerty, niece of head coach Kara Connerty, scored two goals and collected two assists, while helping sisters Murphy and Maddie McDonough corral 11 of the game’s 16 total draw controls.
Falmouth Academy 24, Dedham 13 — With the help of senior Eliza Van Voorhis (6 goals) and sophomore Jane Earley (10 goals), the Mariners (18-0) bounced the Marauders (5-13) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Division 1 East
Bishop Feehan 12, Mansfield 10 — Senior twins Kelly and Kathleen Garrity led the Shamrocks to a first round victory over Mansfield (10-9). Kelly netted four goals and an assist, while Kathleen had a goal and four assists. Junior Nicole Smith added three goals and two assists for Feehan (13-6), which will take on No. 2 seed Concord-Carlisle (15-3) in the quarterfinals.
Division 2 East
Dover-Sherborn 17, Matignon 1 — Seniors Emma Hanmer (two goals, two assists) and Megan Moruzzi (two goals) surged past the Warriors (8-9) to advance the Raiders (15-4) to the quarterfinals.
Division 1 North
Chelmsford 3, Winchester 2 — The 12th-seeded Lions (14-6) knocked off fourth-seeded Winchester in five sets — 25-22, 17-25,25-15, 23-25, 15-12— to advance to the North semifinals. Junior setter Christopher McCarthy led Chelmsford with 54 assists, nine digs, four blocks, and two kills.
Ryan Miller (19 kills), Joshua Sogade (12 kills), Austin Chadwick (11 kills) and Wes Fortier (11 kills) spearheaded a balanced Lions attack.
Val Soltan had 26 assists, 19 digs, five kills and four blocks in the loss for the Sachems (17-5), while sophomore James Chung notched 15 kills.
Division 3 North
North Reading 16, Essex Tech 2 — Sophomore Sean Fagen netted five goals and had four assists for the Hornets (15-6), who advance to the quarterfinals.
Ryan Hathaway reported from Cohasset and Dan McLoone from Winchester.