From tens and twelves to birdies and bogeys: Seabury’ Hall’s girls golf team made great progress this season

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Jessica Brown

Four of the varsity members, all of whom were original members of the team, will be graduating in May. Although the team will be losing several key members of the team next year, the girl’s golf team will certainly remain a place where any girl who wants to give golf a shot can go and be welcomed with open arms.

Jessica Brown, Assitant Editor

Bits of grass flew through the air as the metal clubhead glinted in the afternoon sun. The wind gently rustled through the trees as the ball flew through the air and landed with a satisfying thump on the green over 100 yards away. Almost every single day of the golf season, the girls on Seabury Hall’s golf team experienced this very scene.

Although golf might not be the most high profile sport at Seabury Hall, the girls golf team had a successful season this year. They practiced as often as five times a week and never stopped to take a break on the weekends or breaks. The girls golf team also had a chance to represent Seabury Hall in state competitions for the first time ever this season.

“It has been such a pleasure watching the girls mature. In the beginning, they had no idea what they were doing, but now I know that they know how to play the game and I don’t have to worry about them on the course,” said the coach of the girls golf team, Dodd Hessey.

The team was founded three years ago by current senior Natasha Salamack. Although almost all of the girls who joined the team initially were beginning golfers, a combination of determination and teamwork allowed them to participate in Maui Individual League matches, and give more experienced girls from other schools a run for their money.

“This season was a good one, definitely different than other seasons. Although competing in MIL’s was a challenge that I was unable to complete, it was fun competing with the other girls and Natasha,” said senior Jimmsie Stisher.

A common misconception about golf is that it is entirely an individual sport. While it is true that each person is responsible for their own scores, one of the strongest advantages Seabury Hall’s golf team has is their compassion for one another and their sportsmanship for their competitors.

“All the other coaches from other schools are always talking about how sweet and polite the Seabury girls are,” said Hessey.

The team this season consisted of ten players: six varsity members and four junior varsity players who are relatively new to the game. Practice for the girls consisted of putting, chipping, hitting buckets of balls on the driving range, and playing on the actual golf course.

“The golf team is small, but we have lots of fun we are able to socialize and eat during practices and games so we get a chance to get closer with each other,” said Salamack.

Four of the varsity members, all of whom were original members of the team, will be graduating in May. Although the team will be losing several key members of the team next year, the girls golf team will certainly remain a place where any girl who wants to give golf a shot can go and be welcomed with open arms.