FORT WASHINGTON -- Germantown Academy's golf team closed out Inter-Ac League competition on Oct. 20 at The 1912 Club, hosted by Haverford School. The Patriots (193) ultimately took second on the day, finishing two strokes behind Malvern Prep. The Friars claimed the Inter-Ac Championship with the win, narrowly edging out GA, who finishes the 22-8.
Although the team fell short of defending the league title, the Patriots did not go home empty handed. After a lengthy league season, Ajeet Bagga '24 was named Inter-Ac Individual Champion, becoming the first Germantown Academy student-athlete to win the award since its inception is 2011.
"Ajeet is an excellent golfer who is extremely determined and focused at practice and in any matches he plays," Head Coach David Martin 1760 said. "In addition, he works very hard on all aspects of his game and continues to get better as a player. He is an excellent teammate and has earned their respect. His competitors also think very highly of him. He is an outstanding ambassador for GA both on and off the course."
The Inter-Ac Champion is a season long event where each player gets points for each match. Bagga accumulated the most points in the six league events, recording two first-place finishes (SCH and Haverford Invitationals) and one second place finish (Malvern Invitational).
"It feels awesome to win the Individual Championship this year," Bagga said. "This was a goal I had for myself at the beginning of the season and it is so fulfilling to see my hard work pay off. It was especially gratifying knowing that I was the first player from Germantown Academy to ever win this award."
Bagga, Serena Bagga '23 and Lucas Albert '26 led the Patriots' attack on the front nine at 1912 Club, posting scores of 35, 39 and 39 respectively. Will Irons '23, Kiran Bagga '25 and Sarah Cohen '24 each shot a five-over par scores of 40. Charley Ota '23 and Daniel Shin '24 both shot 43.
With the season winding down, Germantown Academy takes on Holy Ghost Prep on Oct. 25 for a 4pm match. They follow that up with the Bert Linton Championship on Oct. 26 and Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association Championships on Oct. 31 before hosting Penn Charter for the GA-PC Match on Nov. 2 at 2pm.
"The mindset is to stay focused and practice with extreme focus and purpose," Bagga said. "We have the PAISAA event next week, which I know that the team is very capable of winning. The finale of the season is of course the GA-PC match where we are going to play fearlessly with a goal to win."