The Ridge High School girls golf team showed why it has been regarded as one of the state’s best on the links all season long when the Red Devils won the NJSIAA North Sectional at Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club in Whitehouse Station on Tuesday.
The Red Devils advanced as the top team, shooting a combined 330, and had all four golfers finish in the top 10 individually. Hana Ku, a senior, carded a 70 to pace the field and her teammates weren’t too far behind. Monica Schumacher placed seventh overall with an 84, Yunhee Kang scored an 87 to finish ninth and Katie Cappola tied for 10th with an 89.
“It’s really rewarding,” Ridge coach Siovhan Devlin said. “They’ve earned it with all of the hard work that they’ve put into it this season. We have eight girls that have been vying for the top four spots, so it’s been really tight and the reason we did so well today is that we’ve been competing against each other all season long.”
Devlin noted that losing three of her four players from last season’s squad has forced two sophomores, Schumacher and Kang, to step up and play big. But the steady influence of Ku and Cappola has helped ease the process.
“We lost an amazing senior group from last season, so to have the younger kids buy into it is fabulous,” Devlin said. “Katie has been filling big shoes all season and Hana is really steady, so it has worked out well.”
In order for Ridge to capture the Tournament of Champions title next week, Deviln said her girls need to remain focused on the task at hand and not worry about what’s happening on the rest of the course.
“I’ve told them that there are going to be days when they’re out of it physically, but they need to stay in it mentally,” she said. “That’s what we need to do next week.”
Hunterdon Central advanced to the T of C, shooting 367 as a team, led by eighth-place finisher Nicole Petrocchi, who turned in a card of 85.