Greenwich Academy eighth-grader Maryanne Grace certainly won’t forget her tee shot on the ninth hole at Wyantenuck Country Club at the NEPSAC Championships.
An ace from Grace sparked Greenwich Academy’s second-place finish at the 10-team event, also titled, the Pippy O’Connor School Girl Golf Classic.
Behind Grace’s hole-in-one, the Gators finished with a team aggregate score of 309 Monday at Wyantenuck in Great Barrington, Mass. Loomis Chaffee School placed first in the tournament with an aggregate score of 303. Hotchkiss School finished third (319), followed by Choate Rosemary Hall (331) and Sacred Heart Greenwich (336). Sacred Heart also placed fifth in the tournament in 2018.
Taft School, Williston-Northampton School and Phillips Exeter Academy were seventh-ninth, respectively.
“We never played this course before and 309 is a school record,” GA coach Patrick Dwyer said. “If you said this morning we’d shoot 309 with an ace I would have taken it in a second. We had the better side of the weather, as it started raining after we finished.”
Grace shot a 74, good for sixth place in the tournament and teammate Josephine Genereux carded a 76 (tied for eighth place to help pace Greenwich Academy. On Grace’s hole-in-one on the ninth hole, her shot landed eight feet to the right of the hole and rolled into the hole.
Grace’s rounded also included three birdies, as she holed putts on the first, fifth and eighth holes. Genereux posted birdies on Nos. 2 and 17 for GA, which placed eighth at last year’s tournament.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our effort today,” Dwyer said.
Katie Dzialga shot a 78 and Emmy Sammons, a senior carded an 81 to also lead the Gators. Dzialga birdied the eighth on her way to her solid round.
Greenwich Academy has two more tournaments left in its season, including the FAA Championships, which we be held at The Round Hill Club in Greenwich at 2:30 p.m.
For Sacred Heart Greenwich, Carly Haines tied for eighth place with a round of 76. Mary Grace Farrell carded an 82 and Lianna Amoruso finished with an 86. Kate Hong shot a 92 for the Tigers.
“It was a great fifth-place finish,” Sacred Heart coach Karen Panarella said. “I am very proud of our team. We are young, but we have depth to us. The girls have played great all season and all have done better this year in Pippy than last year. We look forward to the FAA Championships next week.”
Eunice Kim of Phillips Exeter Academy and Daphne Chao of Hotchkiss School shared medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68. Nalinda Wanikpun of Loomis Chaffee was third with a 1-under 71.