The St. Luke’s girls varsity golf team is brimming with excitement as it enters its inaugural season.
Head Coach Alec LeBris, a St. Luke’s alumnus and Upper School science teacher, will guide the team and begin building a competitive program for future years.
LeBris is thrilled by the opportunity to launch the program: “This is a season of firsts: St. Luke’s first venture into girls golf, my first season as head coach of a varsity team, and my first season coaching golf. Everyone is excited, and I hope my love and passion for the game of golf will be infectious. I picked up the game late in life, so I have a real appreciation for what it takes to become ready for competitive golf.”
From the start, LeBris has been impressed with the leadership demonstrated by Sloan Barker ‘22, the team’s captain: “Last year, Sloan was a member of our girls' golf club, which was the precursor to this team. She has been an enthusiastic leader and does so much for the team organizationally, which makes my job that much easier. Sloan is a top player and incredibly consistent in the number two position.”
The Storm won its first match 4-1 against Greenwich Country Day School on Monday, April 11, at Round Hill Golf Club, but was edged out 2-3 in its second match against Holy Child School on Tuesday, April 12, at Westchester Country Club.
LeBris has been thrilled with freshman Ally Shulman ‘25, who started the season by winning both her matches in the number one position: “Ally has been a standout and hits a great golf shot. I can’t wait to see how she develops over the course of the season.”
With just seven players, the St. Luke’s girls varsity golf team has a small roster, but LeBris believes there is plenty of talent within the group to have a successful year: “I have told the players I am uninterested in the outcome of any match as long as they bring their best game. Physical mistakes are inevitable, but mental mistakes can be avoided and are often the difference between winning and losing. I hope the girls remain focused in their matches and maintain the mental toughness to rebound if they find themselves down a hole or two out. We have plenty of gifted players to be competitive.”
The St. Luke’s girls varsity golf team is back in action on Monday, April 25, against Sacred Heart of Greenwich at Tamarack Golf Club, before its home opener at the Country Club of New Canaan on Tuesday, April 26, against Greens Farms Academy.