When Clare Foley was a freshman at Greens Farms Academy, the only option she had to play golf was to tee it up with the boys during the spring season.
As she graduates this spring, though, Foley will have been one of two seniors who leave behind a legacy on Beachside Ave. — that of building up the school’s first-ever golf team.
For three years Foley, along with classmate Kelley Mooney, has been the key cog in GFA’s girl's golf world.
“The truth of it is that a girl's golf program would not exist at GFA if not for their vision,” second-year GFA girls golf coach John Humphreys said. “I am truly grateful to have taken over the program that they helped grow just a few short years ago. The program has grown from a handful of girls to a full squad of 12. Our future is very bright.”
Foley is a long-time golfer, having competed internationally, and immediately stepped into the No. 1 role during her sophomore year, after the team was formed.
She placed seventh in last year’s FAA championship tournament and third in the New England-based Pippy O’Connor nine-hole golf tournament. She had been ninth as a sophomore.
Mooney, better known for her back-row prowess and high-flying serve on the volleyball court, has joined Foley on the links as a sophomore, as well.
“Clare and Kelley have been tremendous leaders and teammates,” Humphreys said. “They are both fiercely competitive and lead by example in every way.”
While their senior year may have been knocked out of bounds by the COVID-19 virus, the future of the program is built on the foundation the two graduates helped cure and settle.
“While I am sad to have them move on," Humphreys explained, "the memories and legacy they leave behind will only continue to grow for years to come.”