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 (The New England Tournament). To date, the team enjoys an impressive record of 166-17-6 (93% wins).
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 affected 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
2018 Julia Kashimura
About Head Coach O'Shea
Ginger taught at Boca Raton Academy, now a Pine Crest School, for five years before moving back to the north to earn a master’s degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She then taught and coached at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, for 14 years before joining the Taft faculty. Her duties at Taft now include teaching adolescent psychology and sports psychology to upper mids and seniors. Ginger was the head coach for the girls’ varsity volleyball for 17 years and stepped away after her 501st career victory. She presently is the varsity assistant to one of her former players. As a volleyball coach, Ginger has had over 25 tournament appearances at three schools. When Ginger stepped down from the Taft volleyball team it was ranked #2 in New England. In 2000 and 2004 Ginger was recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for her tremendous contributions to the athletic community. Ginger’s team is the only one in the New England Prep School League to be presented the All-Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for over 10 years in a row. The girls’ varsity golf team was started in 2004 under Ginger’s direction, and the girls’ golf team has numerous Founders League Championships and multiple New England Championships. Ginger started helping out with the girls’ III’s ice hockey program four years ago. Ginger lives on campus with her husband.