Wilton High girls golf will debut next spring

When he took over as athletic director at Wilton High a few months ago, Chris McDougal said one of his goals was to increase the number of sports programs at the school.

He hasn’t wasted time.

According to McDougal, Wilton High plans to add a varsity girls golf team in time for the 2014 spring season.

“The interest is there,” he said. “A couple of younger girls came to me when school started and said they wanted to play. They did some asking around, and I think we will have at least 10 players for next spring. We have five right now.”

McDougal said an initial team meeting will take place next Thursday at the high school.

“We will take it from there,” he said. “We will wait to announce a coach, but I have someone in mind who said he would volunteer for the first season.”

Besides not having to pay a coach next spring, Wilton will also avoid greens fees. McDougal said that Silvermine Golf Club, a 27-hole private  course in Norwalk, has agreed to let the nascent Wilton team play for free in 2014.

“Between having a volunteer coach and not having to pay for a course, we will really minimize expenses for the first season,” said McDougal.

Wilton High did have a girls golf club program for several years, but when interest waned the program ended and girls golfers were allowed to play on the WHS boys teams.

“There have been a few girls who have done that, but I’d rather see the girls have their own program,” said McDougal. “All the towns around Wilton have separate girls golf programs, so I think we should, too.”