NEWINGTON - On a day of reminiscing and fun, it was a brother and sister duo who came away with the victory.
Rebecca Ribeiro (1996) and her brother, Grant Gatzen (’92), shot a winning score of 10-under 62 to win the Newington High School golf program’s first annual Indian Cup for alumni and coaches on Oct. 14 at Indian Hill Country Club.
Ribeiro was the first female golfer in the 25-year tenure of Richard Condon, the current head coach for the Newington girls team.
The event was a two person best-ball format that included each player’s current USGA golf handicap to level the playing field.
Condon and Aaron Donnelli finished three strokes behind to take second with a 65. Former Newington coach Tom Righi and Aaron Donnelli came in third with a 66. Jayson Barbarotta, the current boys head coach, and Noah Hedberg took fourth with a 67, while former coach Frank Cardona and Kirsten LaPointe placed fifth with a 68.
The idea of the annual tournament was hatched during a day of golf between Class of 2018 players Hedberg, Maxwell Turgeon, Ben Weyman and Barbarotta.
Once Indian Hill head golf professional Wayne Smyth joined the conversation the idea quickly became a reality. This year, 14 former players and five coaches returned to “The Hill” for a day of golf, laughs and reminiscing.
The returning alumni included: Donnelli, Weyman, Brett Bishop, Chloe Bilodeau, Courtney Oushanna, Gatzen, Jimmy Ellis, LaPointe, Turgeon, Michael Strong, Hedberg, Phil Hatje, Vinny Lanza and Rebecca. Barbarotta, Condon, current assistant coach Rob Miller and former coaches Cardona and Righi were the coaches involved. Smyth also took part.
The 2019 Indian Cup will be held in August at Indian Hill and the program looks forward to adding to the field and making the event bigger and better each year. If you are an alumni of the Newington High golf program feel free to reach out to the coaches for information. Contact information can be found on the Newington High School Athletics website: http://golf.newingtonathletics.com.