The Hereford girls golf team entered the postseason after posting the school’s first undefeated regular-season in school history and the Bulls continued their string of success by posting the lowest team score at the MPSSAA District VI tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Timonium.
“I’ve been coaching for 10 years and this is the best team I’ve ever had,” Hereford coach Rowdy Bibaud said.
Two Bulls beat the qualifying low score of 89 on the par-71 course and advanced to the Maryland state tournament Oct. 22-24.
Senior Anna Lime shot an 82 and tied Sparrows Point’s Rhianna Stitt for lowest girls score in the tournament.
“She was driving accurate in the fairway and either hitting the ball on the green in regulation or close to the green in regulation,” said Bibaud, noting that was the best-ever individual Hereford score at the district tournament. “She had a phenomenal day all-around. Anna has a strong mental constitution and physical execution.”
Sophomore Martha Kaestner shot a round of 86, which was the second best Hereford girls’ score at the district tournament, and she also qualified for the state tournament that will be held at the University of Maryland golf course.
“Martha was consistently strong off the tee and she had consistent short game play,” Bibaud said. “Martha has a very, very long and fundamentally sound golf swing.”
Senior Amera Gianotti shot 94 and only missed qualifying by five strokes.
“She shot a very good round,”Bibaub said.
Junior Ellie Fritsch didn’t qualify for states, but Bibaud is confident she will be a threat next year.
“She is right there on the bubble,”Bibaud said.
Sophomore Bella Casey was the fifth contributor for the Bulls, who are competing in the Baltimore County golf tournament championships at Diamond Ridge Golf Course on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Sophomore Christina Drecchio will also compete at the county championships.
Drecchio was on the squad, that defeated Dulaney twice during the regular season.
It was the first time they have ever beaten the Lions during the regular season.
At districts, only five golfers were allowed to compete from each team.
Hereford won the Baltimore County title in 2016 and this season Bibaud praised the way the veterans came together with the younger golfers.
“The girls have been growing and developing and the seniors have been with me for four years and they have just fell in love with the game and they worked diligently in the offseason and during the season to get better every year and this is like the culmination of their hard work and dedication,” Bibaud said.
The Hereford boys had the lowest score among the Class 1A-2A teams at the district tournament.
The Bulls were led by Justin Bishop (79), Mac Tiller (82), Connor Mann (84) and Justin Moreira (89).