GIRLS GOLF: Seniors lead the way for Rams

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Spring-Ford golfers (from left) Olivia Trego, Bryn Borzillo, Sophia Harvey compete in a match earlier this year.

Andrew Eross, Staff Writer

Following a dominant 2019 campaign and first-place finish in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, the Spring-Ford girls golf team played strongly once again in the unorthodox 2020 COVID-19-influenced season. 

In five matches, the Ram’s final record was 4-1, but they unfortunately fell short of their goal of back-to-back champion seasons. 

Spring-Ford picked up victories over Boyertown, Hatboro-Horsham, Perkiomen Valley, and Phoenixville. A tight loss to undefeated PAC-champion Methacton golf team (7-0) cost Spring-Ford an undefeated, first-place season. Methacton slightly prevailed by a score of 177-170 in the match, both teams’ closest contest of the year. This league game was played at Skippack Golf Course on Sept. 30, and Spring-Ford’s performance was highlighted by a 43 score from Nicole Yun and a 44 from Aleena Ghanta, however the Rams fell seven strokes short. 

Despite this unfortunate end of their final seasons as Rams, each of the graduating seniors will have left with a stellar career that steered this team to new heights, including the 2019 PAC title. Seniors Ghanta, Bryn Borzillo, Katherine Bates, and Sophia Harvey should all be very proud of their careers with the program. 

“I cannot begin to describe how much the seniors meant to our program,” coach John Brennan said. “Aleena, Katherine, and Bryn were members of the team during their freshman and sophomore years where we did not have a lot of success as a program.  And then last year they saw our success and how important each match was, and they worked so hard to improve their games because they knew what it would take to be a successful program. The four seniors want to accomplish some impressive feats after graduating from Spring-Ford, and I know because of what they meant to this program that they will succeed in these endeavors.” 

These seniors’ impact certainly had a strong effect on  their coach and the team.

Moving forward it is certainly unfortunate for the team that four vital members to the program will now be graduating, however the Rams are poised for even greater successes in the following years. 

The young talent beheld on this roster will allow the program to achieve even higher prosperities. The all-PAC quality talent and play by underclassmen Yun, Morgan Kunze, Cierra Giffin, and Alie Adams put the Rams in a prime position for success in the coming years. 

“We do have a solid core of underclassmen in our lineup,” Brennan said. “We had four girls, Nicole and Morgan (both sophomores), earn first-team, all-league honors and Alie and Cierra (a freshman and sophomore) earn second-team, all-league honors.” 

Coach Brennan even believes that fighting through this unorthodox season will aid in the development of these players and teach valuable lessons for seasons to come.  

“I was proud of all the girls battling through this season,” he said. “I think this season taught the girls that you need to treat the season with a sense of urgency.  You can’t have mental lapses because one bad week of golf was essentially a fifth of your season.” 

While the girls golf season may not have gone entirely as hoped, it was certainly one to remember as the team battled through this unconventional season with resiliency.

“I am extremely proud of this group,” he said. “Every girl that was a part of the program from the 2019 to 2020 season improved as a golfer.  We had some girls playing JV golf this year that on other teams would have been a top 5 player on those teams.  They went out this year with a great attitude and enjoyed every practice/match.”