They don’t practice or play on the Fox Chapel Area High School campus so many times the girls’ golf team’s successes can go rather unnoticed. But quietly on the links of the Fox Chapel Field Club, the team has been doing great things all season while driving for another WPIAL playoff run appearance.
The achieved their goal with a 12-2 record that included two victories over all-time rival Shady Side Academy. Next up is the 18-hole WPIAL semi-final team tournament on October 10, 2017, at Lone Pine Country Club in Washington, Pennsylvania.
“Their efforts really have been wonderful this year, and even better, they are just a nice group of girls,” says Coach John Broderick. “The girls all have worked very hard on their golf games and they play hard.”
Going into the season, the team knew their section was probably the strongest in the WPIAL and that they had a challenge ahead of them. In spite of that, the team is just about where their coach thought they’d be at the end of the season.
“They have met and even exceeded my expectations,” says Coach Broderick. “I’m very happy with how they’ve played this year, and also that they have encouraged a cohesive environment where they support each other.”
Leading the way in those efforts have been senior captains Hannah Conroy and Cara Levicoff. Hannah recently joined an elite group of players who qualified for the WPIAL individual championships all four years of high school. Toby Lazear and Sadye Miller are the two other seniors on the team.
“I remember seeing Hannah at the Field Club when our team was practicing there. She was only in sixth or seventh grade, but I could tell she was very determined to be a good player, and had a great work ethic,” says Coach Broderick. “Today I would describe her as a ‘grinder’ on the course, meaning she plays hard and puts forth her very best effort on every single shot. She is a perfect example of a talented athlete who works very hard to use that talent.”
Coach Broderick adds, “Both Cara and Hannah have done a great job as co-captains. It’s no easy feat to keep 13 high school kids on the same page all season. But they have made sure there are not cliques and that everyone is included if they do something before or after matches.”