Golf - Girls' Varsity
Inspired by her lifelong passion for the game of golf, Coach Ginger O’Shea started the girls’ golf team at Taft in 2006. Since that time, Taft has enjoyed tremendous success on the links, in most years winning or placing second in the Founders League, and the Pippy O’Connor Independent School Girls’ Golf Classic. To date, the team enjoys an impressive record of 153-15-5.
The team competes in the Founders League, facing teams like Miss Porter’s School, the Hotchkiss School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Loomis Chaffee School, and Ethel Walker School, and meets schools like Andover and Exeter in the Pippy O’Connor New England Tournament. Taft has won the Founders League Championship title in seven of the past nine years.
The golf team practices and plays at the Watertown Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course that is part of the 226-acre Taft School campus. Practice facilities include a driving range with unlimited range balls, putting and chipping areas, and an indoor hitting net and mats. Taft golf players receive complimentary afternoon and weekend tee times. The team also travels for spring break training in March of each year.
For years, the team has been involved in supporting local charities, from the Special Olympics to organizations working to support children touched by domestic violence. During the academic year, the team organizes instructional golf clinics for local elementary school children.
Tournament and League Records
Founders League Tournament (established 2009)
Pippy O’Connor Independent Schools Girls’ Golf Classic
Pippy O’Connor Individual Champions
2016 Portia Wang
About Coach Danaher
A Watertown native, Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Roger Williams University. At Roger Williams, Kevin was a member of the RWU Honors Program and was the recipient of the RWU Core Values Medallion from the School of Education, which is awarded to the graduating senior from each school who best exemplifies the core values of the institution. Following graduation, Kevin began teaching and coaching at his alma mater, Watertown High School. During this time, Kevin received his master’s in science from the University of New Haven. Kevin came to Taft following a year on the faculty at the Watkinson School in Hartford, Connecticut. Kevin teaches four sections of math and coaches field hockey and golf. He and his wife, Jillian, live in Vogelstein.