The Loomis Chaffee girls golf team won the New England championship event of the season, the 33rd Pippy O'Connor Independent School Girls' Golf Classic, at Watertown Golf Club on Monday, May 14.
In the team championship, the aggregate of the top four 18-hole scores for each school comprises the team score. Loomis finished in first place with a score of 330, followed by Phillips Exeter Academy and Hotchkiss School, whcih tied for second with a score of 336.
In the individual 18-hole division, freshman Nalinda Wanikpun led the team with a 77 and finished tied for fourth overall. Freshman Joy Liu (82) tied for eighth, junior Christiana Bevilacqua (85) tied for 12th, junior Elena Anderson (86) tied for 16th, junior Julia Deitelbaum (91) tied for 29th, and junior Maddie Hong (93) tied for 34th.
In the individual nine-hole division, junior Ashley Edwards fired a 46, six shots below her average, to take second place. Junior Maddy Hoffman also played a beautiful round, shooting 50, three shots below her average, to earn fifth place.
It was a wonderful day for the girls, who diligently trained in all facets of the game throughout the season. They are scholar-athletes who are kind and supportive teammates and contribute broadly to the Loomis community off the course. The improvement of each player has been evident throughout the season. "It was a special experience to watch them succeed together in the most significant event of the season," said Jim O'Donnell, the head coach of the girls golf team.