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girls golf Greenwich Academy places second at Pippy O’Connor

May 14, 2019

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 nine-team event, also titled, the Pippy O’Connor Independent School Tournament.

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 and teammate Josephine Genereux carded a 76 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.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com