A sophomore golfer, Keane had the second-best scoring average (41.2 for nine holes) in the Inter-Ac this spring, In her last home match of the season, she tied a school record with a 37 (for nine holes). As a freshman, she finished third at the Inter-Ac Championships. The Academy of Notre Dame golf team captured its sixth straight InterAc title this spring, going undefeated in the league for the fifth straight year, and ND coach Mary Jane Wetzel said, "Maddie has been extremely consistent, and a huge part of this teams success the last two years.' Last summer, Keane teamed with another golfer to win the girls division of the Francis Hussey tournament, and won the first Philly Junior Tour event she played in. She played field hockey as a freshman, and recently was elected to Student Council.
Main Line Media News: Tell us about your 37 in the last home match of the year, which tied a school record.
Maddie Keane: I actually started the round with a double bogey, then a bogey and I thought to myself, "This just isn't gonna be my day.' But then I began to play much better, and I ended up with one other bogey, and the rest were pars and birdies. I hit shots that just stuck on the green and my putting was the best ever that day. On the second to last hole I hit my second shot and it looked okay, but I was worried it would go in the sand. It ended up being right on line with the pin and it dropped and just stuck about 12 feet from the pin. I smiled and laughed at my partner Bridget [Pyott], and she said, "What?' I said "I've just never played this well before.' I finished my round with an up and down from the sand for par, and I was speechless when I counted my score. It was a round and a day that I'll never forget.
Main Line Media News: Who is your favorite golfer? Is there a golfer whose game you try to pattern yours after?
Maddie Keane: My favorite two golfers are Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson. I really try to pattern my game after my dad's and my grandfather's game actually. My dad and my grandfather really got me into the game at a young age and they have both taught me so much about not only how to be a good physical player, but also a good mental player. They have taught me how to keep my cool after a bad hole and how to just take it one shot or one hole at a time. They have been with me and helping me every step of my golf career and I really enjoy playing with them.
Main Line Media News: Briefly describe for us your pre-match preparation on the day of a match.
Maddie Keane: On match days I would try to wear some purple with my uniform, during matches I would wear the same hat, belt, and use the same ball markings because I am superstitious. I rode with Coryn Mullen to and from matches this season, and before and after matches we would listen to the song "Ignition.' On one of our first match days, my friend gave me a box of Mike and Ikes, and I ate them on the way to that match, and that day I played well. So before almost every match or during every match I would eat a box of Mike and Ikes or sometimes sour patch kids because my partner, Bridget Pyott, likes them.
Maddie Keane's favorites
Athlete: Rickie Fowler.
Team: Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots.
Pre-match Pump up song — Ignition (remix).
TV show: Modern Family.
Book: The Fault In Our Stars.
Place to visit: Naples, Fla.; Cape Cod, Mass.; The Hamptons, N.Y.
(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)