Natasha Kiel ’21 placed first in the Friends Schools League (FSL) Golf Championship on Monday, May 14, 2018, with a score of 71, marking the first time in league history that a girl has taken the top spot.
Natasha and her teammates also brought home the FSL championship title for George School. Team members included Natasha, Rex Zhang ’20, Long Pham ’20, and Issaic Jeon ’18. Co-captain Rex Trice ’18 missed the tournament.
“I was surprised by the strong team bond, and also how easy it was to adjust to a team environment with the sport being so individually focused,” said Natasha. “This showed me a new perspective on the course, as my actions impacted the whole team, not just myself.”
Natasha first started playing golf because of her father. “He was always on the driving range and when I was younger I would tag along and watch him hit,” she said. “Because of this, I had known about golf for a while, but I first started playing tournaments about three years ago.”
Her win also qualified her to attend the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) golf tournament. She finished in a four-way tie for third with a 43 in that tournament, earning fourth place as handicap holes were used as a tie-breaker.
This year Natasha was the only female member of the varsity golf team at George School. “I enjoyed that I was playing against other good girl golfers in the area during the PAISSA girls’ golf tournament,” she said. “Most of my competitors this season were boys, so I had fun playing with some friends from tournaments and making some new friends.”