Nicole Vanasse '20 leads Big Blue to another impressive showing.
Summer 2017 has been a momentous one for two members of Pingry's Girls' Varsity Golf Team, and Christine Shao '19 and Ami Gianchandani '18 have yet another achievement to revel in.
Christine and Ami were among several thousand junior golfers across the nation attempting to qualify for the 69th USGA Girls' Junior Championship. By turning in great scores in a qualifier held in Pennsylvania in mid-July, the two Big Blue athletes joined the world's top 155 junior golfers to compete at the prestigious national championship. Both executed impressive performances.
The Girls' Junior Championship was held at the Boone Valley Country Club in Augusta, Missouri from July 24-30. Christine, who won the 63rd NJSGA Junior Girls Championship in early July, did well in stroke play, the first two days of the tournament. Match play followed, and while Christine did not make the cut of 64, her teammate, Ami, who was seeded #50, won the match. Ami also won the match of 32 and the match of 16, defeating the #2-ranked player from Thailand, who was considered by many the best in the field. Her blitz ended in the quarterfinals, where she fell to Elizabeth Moon of Arkansas. It was Ami's third consecutive appearance in the event, and her best performance.
Here's what Ami had to say about the experience: "My main goal going into the tournament was to better my last two performances by making the cut after two days. During the match play, I knew that if I kept my head in it and played steady golf I would be able to defeat several players seeded better than me. I was excited to have won my round of 64 match, but I was overjoyed beyond expression to have won my round of 32 and round of 16 matches. It was probably one of the toughest days of golf I have had, facing two very strong opponents. I am thrilled about how I performed, but I intend to back up my results by continuing to play and compete with the best girls in the world leading up to next year's national championship at Poppy Hills in California."
Congratulations, Ami and Christine!
Article about Ami's accomplishment in the Echoes-Sentinel.
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