Fabulous Female Fivesome
Professional or amateur, teen phenom or veteran competitor, Westchester’s women golfers have made their marks on the game. These five are among the fiercest players in the sport—and have the trophies to prove it.
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Hometown: Pelham Manor
Home Course: Pelham Country Club
Pelham’s Nannette Hill has time for only two things: homework and golf. It’s hard to say which is more important to the Wake Forest senior, who’s studying sociology while on a golf scholarship. She manages to focus on each, though, and was named to both the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team as well as the All-Conference Golf Team in 2006 and 2008.
Focus is what counts in golf, and while Hill works with a trainer and a swing coach, she credits sports psychologist Elizabeth Hedgpeth for tuning her mental game. Meditating at the Zen Mountain Monastery has helped Hill find what she terms her “quiet mind” and has taught her to stay in the present. “As I approach my next shot,” she says, “the shot itself is all that I allow in my mind.”
Hill started playing golf at the age of six, encouraged by her father, Billy Hill, a Pelham Country Club champion. She played soccer and softball, too, but by the time she was 10, she knew golf was her only game. She says she liked the fact that mistakes as well as wins in golf are the individual player’s sole responsibility. There is no one else to blame.
Pelham’s head pro, Mike Diffley, predicts great things for the young player: “When she graduates from Wake Forest and really gets to concentrate, she’ll show the world how great she really is.”
Next: Laura Algiero, Whine Plains