Short game lifts Mulcahy
Mary Mulcahy of Scituate overcame a balky knee and a Woodland Golf Club course playing longer that its 5,653 yards after some early-morning showers to post a 5-stroke victory yesterday in the MIAA Girls’ Individual Tournament.
Mulcahy, playing in just her second tournament since undergoing knee surgery in March, shot a 5-over-par 77 at the Newton track.
“I’ve been playing a lot better this season [than last season],’’ said Mulcahy, a sophomore. “I didn’t come here expecting to win, but I definitely wanted to.’’
Mulcahy had two bogeys and a birdie — on the par-5 ninth hole — to make the turn at 1-over 37.
“I was 1-over after the front nine, so I figured I’d be pretty good if I could just hold on,’’ she said.
The soggy conditions caught up to the field on the back nine, and Mulcahy was no exception. She had five bogeys and a birdie, but captured the title down the stretch with some solid short-game play.
“I struggled on the back nine, I made a bunch of bogeys, but I was just trying to keep myself in it and not get too down on myself,’’ she said. “I got up-and-down a couple times when I needed to, which was kind of surprising. It’s my chipping that usually kills me, but today it was pretty good.’’
Scituate coach Gerry Chisholm was keeping score for another group, but the coach keeping track of Mulcahy’s group approached Chisholm at the day’s end.
“One of the coaches came up to me and told me what a great example of sportsmanship she is, which is really as important as the score,’’ Chisholm said. “She’s a terrific kid.’’
Bishop Feehan’s Elizabeth Rubino shot 82 to finish second, a stroke ahead of Jacquelyn Eleey of North Quincy. Andie Savel of Lincoln-Sudbury and Karolyne Shieh of Concord-Carlisle tied for fourth at 84, and Watertown’s Stephanie Frankian, last year’s winner, led a group of three players at 85.
Randolph 11, Dorchester 0 — Scott Donahue tossed a one-hitter and struck out eight for the Blue Devils.
St. John’s Prep 3, Xaverian 1 — Kevin Davis and Alex Markakis singled in the winning runs in the fifth inning as No. 16 St. John’s Prep upset the No. 5 Hawks.
North Attleborough 1, Foxborough 0 — Ryan Minichiello won a complete-game pitching duel against Foxborough’s Tom Monahan, giving up four hits with seven strikeouts to carry the Red Rocketeers.
Malden 1, Tewksbury 0 — The Golden Tornadoes upset the No. 8 Redmen behind a seven-strikeout, six-hit performance by Kiara Amos. Jen Tamindzija drove in the game’s only run.
Quincy 2, Scituate 0 — Nicole Parry threw a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts to lead the Presidents (9-1).
North Quincy 13, Pembroke 1 — Liz Kelly went 3 for 4, including a triple, with five RBIs for the Red Raiders.
Stoneham 7, Reading 3 — Jennie Lacolla went 4 for 4 with three home runs and six RBIs as the Spartans (8-1) handed Reading its first Middlesex League loss.