Golf notes - Girls making an impact for Blue Storm

October 07, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

Long before girls began to make their presence known on golf teams, Mercersburg Academy was already a co-ed unit.

Golf was a co-ed sport on the varsity level back in the early 1960s and the female contingent continues to be an integral part of the Blue Storm program, some years more than others.

This season, coach Paul Galey has three girls on his team, Ana Nevarez and Irene Macias - both hailing from Ecuador - and Medora Hartz, from Virginia.

"There's been a tradition of girls playing golf at Mercersburg throughout the years," said Galey, in his seventh year as coach. "We advertise as a co-ed team. The tradition goes back with Dick Decker (golf coach for 35 years)."


Nevarez, a junior, is the best of the trio and has a 40.5 nine-hole average this year, including a personal-best 77 for 18 holes.

"Ana is probably the second-best player on the team overall behind Chas (Rahauser)," said Galey. "She's maybe 5-foot-1, but her game is being a long hitter ... easily 250 (yards) off the tee."

Galey is certain Nevarez has the tools to continue at the college level.

"(Ana) is serious about moving on in the states," he said. "Right now she's not playing as well, but she's very strong mentally."

Macias and teammate Fernando Intriago, also from Ecuador, came to the states two years ago and are seniors.

Galey said the male members of the team have been, as always at Mercersburg, supportive of their teammates.

"The guys have no problem with the girls. ... They actually have taken them under their wings," said Galey. "There haven't been any complaints from the guys that might think they should be playing instead of the girls."

Rahauser, a post-graduate from Chambersburg, Pa., leads the Blue Storm with a 37.1 average.

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