Sophomore Gwen DeLeo chips her highly visible ball out of the rough and onto the ninth green in the Mount’s home match last week. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

by Tom Utescher

Mount St. Joseph Academy golfers had little trouble raising their record to 9-0 in Catholic Academies competition last Wednesday, playing at the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s par-35 St. Martin’s course and turning away visiting Villa Maria, 211-302.

Sophomore Clare Gimpel, a product of Norwood Fontbonne Academy, came in right at par to lead the entire field, balancing one bogie with a birdie.

The Magic had just come off of playing qualifying rounds for the PIAA District I tournament, and in what is believed to be the team’s best performance ever, no fewer than eight MSJ players made the cut.

The qualifiers were precisely distributed two to a class; seniors Brianna Mahon and Lia Priolo, juniors Olivia Wirsching and Jill Baum, Gimpel and 10th-grade classmate Sofia Gambone and freshmen Nora Blatney and Caroline Gola. The two ninth graders are also NFA grads.

For the regular-season match last Wednesday, Mahon was paired with sophomore Gwen DeLeo. A round of 40 fired by Mahon became one of the five individual scores included in the official team tally for the Mount, which did not need to include the 54 produced by DeLeo, even though that would’ve been the best score for Villa Maria. In this same quartet, Emily Deacon and Caroline Hernandez turned in figures of 56 and 59 for the visiting Hurricanes.

Within the second foursome, MSJ’s Wirshing felt she had a bit of an off-day, although her round of 43 would’ve delighted most of the other participants. Freshman Catherine Oh joined her with a 61 that did not count in the Magic’s team score, while Villa added in a 55 from Elizabeth O’Connell (this freshman turned in the ‘Canes best score of the match) and a 66 from Hailie Schearer.

Another round of 66, from Annie Mulqueen in the third foursome, completed Villa Maria’s team tally. In the same group, the Mount netted Gimpel’s 35 and a 53 from junior Sarah Spears. The Mount’s score was rounded out by a 40 from Priolo. Also in the fourth group, Magic freshman Allie Petkunas carded a 65, a score better than those turned in by four of the total of seven players for the visiting side.

Mount St. Joseph senior captain Brianna Mahon follows the flight of her ball up off of the fairway. (Photo by Tom Utescher)