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Ford's 75 captures title; Colonial soph wins by 2; Rebels take second.

Byline: Jay Gearan

MILLIS -- Tuesday's sunny skies and comfortable early-June weather created a perfect setting for the girls' golf state championship at Glen Ellen Country Club.

And it was a very good day for several golfers from Central Mass.

Shrewsbury High sophomore Julia Ford fired 3-over-par 75 to win the individual state title by two shots over Sophie Morrill of Hanover High.

In team competition, with a top four-player total of 375, Notre Dame Academy placed second behind Notre Dame Academy of Hingham, winners at 363.

The Rebels, runners-up last week to Wellesley in the North/Central/West Sectionals at Green Hill, edged Wellesley this time by a single shot.

Ford, a talented left-handed player, who won her second straight sectional championship at Green Hill a week ago, shot 37-38 to claim another championship trophy. Last year at the states, she was fourth.

"Julia plays on our boys' team in the fall, and it's great that her scores make her eligible for this tournament,'' said Shrewsbury athletic director Jay Costa, who noted that the Colonials do not field a girls' golf team in the spring.

Ford, who had played Glen Ellen only once before (in a practice round last weekend), finished with a flourish, sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3, 140-yard, 18th hole. She hit an 8-iron to the green and, in front of about 30 spectators, knocked in the putt with her TaylorMade flatstick.

Her other birdie came on the front nine, the 457-yard, par-5 sixth hole.

"I like this course because it requires the types of shots I am used to playing at Cyprian Keyes,'' said Ford, 16, who will tee it up this weekend at one of her other favorite courses -- Wintonbury Hills in Bloomfield, Connecticut. It's a Challenge Cup Tournament, and she's the defending champion at the Pete Dye-designed course.

Ford has been especially happy these days. She passed her driver's license road last week two days after winning at Green Hill.

"Passed with flying colors,'' Ford said with a smile.

Notre Dame of Worcester, which finished 15-0-1 in dual matches this spring, was led by sophomore Lauren Fantaroni with an 87. Senior Lindsay Sullivan was next at 91, followed by freshman Annie Spellane (95) and Hannah Dowd (104).

"I played OK, but it's a long course,'' said Fantaroni, who carded 40-47 and on the sixth hole knocked in a wedge shot from 110 yards. "I think we had an awesome season, and being second feels just as good as a win.''

Glen Ellen played at a challenging 5,800 yards from the red tees.

"I'm very proud of our team,'' added Dowd, a co-captain. "I'm happy to end my athletic career at Notre Dame on a high note.''

"This is the first time we've placed at states in my four years, so it feels good,'' said the long-hitting Sullivan, a co-captain who will play at Holy Cross next school year. "First time we got a medal. The greens were very fast today with a lot of break.''

Notre Dame coach Dennis Streeter, in his ninth season with the Rebels, said this performance ties the school's best finish at the state tournament. His 2006 team was also second.

"We had a great season, and I'll miss our seniors, but we have some good young players, and we'll be back,'' Streeter said.

The "other'' Notre Dame, coached by Dave Gianferante, won its 12th out of the last 14 state championships.

"Dennis did a nice job with NDA Worcester. Those kids work hard,'' said Gianferante, whose team was led by Alexandra Hurley with a 78.

Other Central Mass. individuals included Shepherd Hill's Catherine French (86), Westboro's Anna Quyang (89), Wachusett's Skylar Wolfe (96), and Notre Dame's Sarah Plante (106) and Emily Helenius (112).

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Date:Jun 4, 2014
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