[Former girls go golfing participants & current Hunterdon Central girls golf team mates Katie Lee, Jess Wild, Marissa Castaldo and Julia Tonnessen finished runner-up to Ridge--see story below]
The Ridge High School girls’ golf team, three-time defending state champions, once again prevailed at the NJSIAA Section 1 Qualifier hosted by the Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Readington Township on Tuesday. The course was played at 5,155 yards with a par of 71.
With the victory the Ridge team advanced to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions at the Cherry Valley Country Club next Wednesday. The top four teams moved onto the states as Ridge (323) was followed by Hunterdon Central (335), Tenafly (348) and Bergen Tech (362).
Ridge was led by Carolyn Wang’s 77, followed by Monica Schumacher (80), Christine Wang (81) and Yunhee Kang (85). Freshman Katie Lee’s 79 was best for Central, with Jess Wild (82), Marissa Castaldo (87) and Julia Tonnessen (87) completing the scoring. Central won the state title in 2009 and 2010.
Individually, Tenafly’s Eunwon Park ran away from the field with a one-under par 70. Park posted four birdies against one bogey on the front nine, posting 33. She followed up with a 37 that included a double bogey on the par-4 10th hole.
TEAM RESULTS: Ridge 323, Hunterdon Central 335, Tenafly 348, Bergen Tech 362, Chatham 368, Pope John 380, Ridgewood 383, Mt. St. Dominic 389, Immaculate Heart 425, Northern Highlands 431, Millburn 459, Kent Place 470.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Eunwon Park (Tenafly) 33-37-70; Christina Parsells (Kent Place) 35-39-74; Katie Howard-Johnson (Chatham) 37-38-75; Rachel Tarnapoll (Pope John) 41-35-76; Katie Wang (Ridge) 37-40-77; Katie Lee (Hunt. Central) 38-41-79; Monica Schumacher (Ridge) 40-40-81; Nicole Kim (Bergen Tech) 40-41-81; Christine Wang (Ridge) 43-38-81; Jess Wild 41-41-82.