Ghelfi gets Player of the Year plum

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de­tails,” HAN­NAH Ghelfi, a res­i­dent of Fal­mouth, is soft spo­ken, in­tu­itive, thought­ful, and, when her eye is on the prize, fo­cused.

golfer, a for­mer Fal­mouth High School stand­out golfer and hockey player, will be hon­ored as the win­ner of the an­nual Anne Marie Tobin Women’s Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of Mas­sachusetts Player of the Year dur­ing at Wellesley Coun­try Club.

She is the first Cape Cod­der to win the cov­eted award, al­though Tracy Welch of Winch­ester, a mem­ber at Woods Hole Golf Club and cousin of PGA Tour stand

Ghelfi rode an ex­cit­ing, come- frombe­hind win in the Mas­sachusetts Women’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship along with solid show­ings in selected WGAM and USGA events, and other re­gional and na win­ner Shan­non John­son of Thorny Lea

The award is the cul­mi­na­tion of a solid year of golf for the Lawrence Academy grad­u­ate who ended up be­ing an in­te­gral part of this past year’s Michi­gan golf squad.

Han­nah be­gan golf­ing around the age of nine, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her from Lake For­est Col­lege in Illi­nois af­ter the next se­mes­ter.

“I was one of those lit­tle sis­ters that wanted to do ev­ery­thing my brother did,” Ghelfi said with a laugh about got into the Cape Cod Ju­nior Golf As­so­ci­a­tion be­cause Mr. Flynn ( John) was a teacher he re­ally liked in school. Mr. and Mrs. Flynn ran the As­so­ci­a­tion at the time. So I just did the same thing. had no say in the mat­ter.”

Han­nah, like her brother, also played hockey at the time and it wasn’t long be­fore that trans­lated into her be­ing a good golfer.

“My dad ( Scott) felt that I had a good swing at the time,” she said. “Golf just got bet­ter from there.”

So did her hockey. Ghelfi played for the Fal­mouth team that won the and would have been a mem­ber of the Fal­mouth High School team that won - ferred to Lawrence Academy in Gro­ton.

Ghelfi soon re­al­ized her ath­letic fu­ture was on the links, not the rinks.

“I could have gone on to play col­lege fo­cus to golf,” she said. “Golf has given me some great op­por­tu­ni­ties. I have been able to go all over the coun­try. I played in the U. S. Ju­nior Girls Cham­pi­onship and the Call­away Ju­nior Tour­na­ment in Cal­i­for­nia. The coaches from Michi­gan saw me play out there and when I stopped by the col­lege to look at it when we were vis­it­ing my brother at Lake For­est, I knew that was where I wanted to go.”

been hap­pen­ing at a rapid pace. She de­feated one of the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers on the Michi­gan team to earn a spot on the var­sity last spring and her game has been steadily im­prov­ing since then.

This com­ing golf sea­son, she will be trav­el­ing with her fel­low Wolver­ines to Or­lando and Cal­i­for­nia for tour­na­ments. She also will be work­ing dili­gently to boost her aca­demic stand­ing in the Michi­gan Busi­ness School, which has proved to be a lot more dif­fi­cult than she first an­tic­i­pated.

“I’m hang­ing in there,” Ghelfi said. “There are some cour­ses I’m tak­ing that are re­ally dif­fi­cult ( statis­tics be­ing the one that makes her eyes roll up into her fore­head). But this is the di­rec­tion I want to go in. I’m not go­ing to play, or even try to play, on the LPGA Tour, but I would like to get in­volved with the busi­ness side of golf. I would keep play­ing ( as an am­a­teur), but not as a ca­reer.”

How­ever, with her game on the up­swing and with her vic­tory in the WGAM Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship at My­opia Hunt Club in Hamil­ton this past sum­mer, the golf plans may change.

“I like where my game is and where it’s go­ing right now,” she said. “But I’m just en­joy­ing where I’m at and we’ll see where that goes. I want to be re­al­is­tic about my fu­ture, so we’ll have to see where things take me in the near fu­ture.”


Billy Horschel

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