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East Providence, RI – Hannah Ghelfi '16 shot a 75 to take first place at the Pippy O’Connor Tournament held at the Agawam Hunt Country Club on May 11.
“It’s been a real pleasure to have Hannah on our team,” said LA's coed varsity Golf Head Coach Kevin Wiercinski. “She came in last year with a lot of expectations and put a lot of pressure on herself, but she has really settled in nicely.”
Clearly, Coach Wiercinski is a master of understatement. Hannah, a junior, consistently sets the pace for the Spartan varsity on the links and, as the team’s top golfer, has made a huge positive impact on the program.
“Hannah has become a wonderful leader for our team,” said LA’s long-time head coach. “She works very hard at her game and it is nice to see her achieve a lot of success in just this second full year with us.”
Ghelfi, who also played for the varsity Girls’ Hockey program, added to her golf resume this past summer playing in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships in Flagstaff, Arizona.
“We are very proud of her and wish her the best of luck through the golfing summer and into her senior year,” said Wiercinski, whose full squad is preparing for their next match versus St. Sebastian’s and Milton Academy on Wednesday, May 13. “She has been a wonderful addition to the LA golf team and our athletic program, but I think – most importantly – she is a great student and citizen on campus.”
Ghelfi, caught as she prepared her in-class assignments in study hall following the victory, remained surprised at her golf success on the day, but happy to have made such a fine showing.
“I certainly did not expect to win, but it felt great,” she said. “My parents surprised me and rushed to see the award ceremony.”
“They brought my LA hat for the pictures,” she added with a laugh. “I was proud to represent Lawrence Academy.”