Fox Chapel grad Conroy ready for next step in golf career
Hannah Conroy graduated from Fox Chapel in 2018 after a successful golf career.
She was a four-year starter and qualified for the WPIAL and PIAA individual tournaments all four years.
“She matured as a golfer so much in her four years,” her coach, John Broderick said. “She plays hard and gives her best effort on the course every time out.”
Since graduation, Conroy has spent the past year at the Junior Plays Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.
“It’s been a great experience,” she said. “I lowered my scoring average and worked on getting a better game. Academically, I improved my ACT score.”
She kept a busy schedule.
“I had classes from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and then from 1-4 p.m,” Conroy added. “Every weekend was spent playing at tournaments, and, in my spare time, I did some tutoring.”
She did well at the tournament level.
In October, she finished fifth at the Hilton Head Junior Open and sixth at the College Prep Series and won the Pittsburgh Junior Open at Totteridge Golf Club. In September, she came in fourth at the Major Championship at Myrtle Beach National. Before that, she was sixth at the Major Championship at Bristow Manor in August and fourth in the Major Championship at Birdsfoot.
“I also played in some local tri-state tournaments and won two of them as I shot my best rounds of the year: a 71 and a 72,” Conroy said. “All told, I’ve played in around 20 tournaments since graduating.”
Recently, she began exploring college options.
She received interest from Georgia Southern, Boston, Ohio and Florida Gulf Coast before accepting an offer from Jacksonville, where she will major in political science and history.
“The academics and the golf program were both appealing to me,” Conroy said. “Plus, I’m very excited about playing in warm weather all year around. It was a hectic time as I was deciding what would be the best fit for me, but I’m happy with my choice.”
Conroy feels strongly she will be able to contribute as a freshman.
“I definitely think I’ll make an impact and be a starter,” she said. “Four seniors will be graduating, and I’ll work hard to be able to step right in. I’ll be spending the summer enjoying my game and working on getting my average down.”
Marty Stewart is a freelance writer.