Athletics at The Governor’s Academy is about outstanding performance- as our championship titles, college NCAA scholarship players, and world competitors will attest- but it is also about character.
Golf - Coed Varsity
Since the 1920s, Governor's golf program has provided a place for student-athletes to develop an affinity and appreciation for the lifetime sport. The coaching staff’s primary goal remains the same–to provide a positive learning experience that allows all players to finish the season with brighter smiles and stronger skills on and off the greens.
Governor’s is the only team in the Independent School League (ISL) and one of only a select few schools in New England to own its own golf course. Located across the street from campus, the Ould Newbury Golf Club is the team’s home course for practices and matches. The Ould Newbury Golf Club is a challenging nine-hole gem that offers terrific coastal views and well-groomed fairways and greens for players of all levels. Governor’s also has a dedicated indoor space on campus for year-round training and extra repetition: putting greens, hitting and chipping nets, and a state-of-the-art simulator. Click here to watch a video about our indoor space. The school’s strength and conditioning coach, who is a single-digit handicap player, also makes himself available to the team and to each individual player.
Besides playing each ISL school at least once during the regular season and competing for The Walworth Trophy (the team with the best win-loss record in the ISL), Governor’s also vies for the Kingman Cup, a one day 18-hole medal play match between the top five players from each ISL school. In Spring 2024, Governor’s will host the first all-girls invitational.
All students are welcome to try out for the varsity or junior varsity team. Typically, there are 20 students who comprise the two squads and seven or eight players will earn spots for competition at the varsity level. The varsity team plays two or three matches a week during the spring season at some of the finest clubs in New England, a rotation that includes Kittansett, Newport, Dedham, Belmont, Concord, and Essex County Club.
Some graduates have taken their game to the collegiate level, competing for Boston College, Colby College, St. Lawrence University, George Washington University, Trinity College, and Williams College.
For more information, please reach out to Head Coach Steve Ogden.
Head Coach: Steve Ogden
Head Coach Steve Ogden was born and raised at the Academy. His mother was the first admission officer dedicated to enrolling females while his father was head of the English department. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Ogden coached golf at various clubs in Florida and eventually made his way back to independent schools, teaching at Canterbury Prep, Berkeley Prep, Garrison Forest, and Avon Old Farms. After spending about twenty years away from Byfield, Ogden returned in 2000 to teach English, coach lacrosse and ice hockey, and raise his two sons, one of whom currently plays golf for St. Lawrence University. He has been leading the golf program at Governor’s since 2014 and looks forward to hitting the greens every afternoon to connect with his students outside of the classroom. When he is not coaching golf, Ogden enjoys working on his own game and competes in tournaments throughout the region.
Assistant Coach: Babe Ceglarski
Babe Ceglarski has been involved in golf at Governor’s for over twenty-five years. He served as head coach of the varsity program for five years before transitioning to his current role as assistant coach. Ceglarski focuses on developing the JV program, helping players refine their skills to eventually compete at the varsity level. Since 1990, Ceglarski has been teaching history, serving as a dorm parent, and coaching at the Academy. An avid Boston sports fan, Ceglarski enjoys spending time outside and has raised three sons and five labradors with his wife while living on campus.
Assistant Coach: Louise Nelson
Louise Nelson grew up in a sports-loving family. She was a three-sport athlete in high school and played field hockey and lacrosse at Connecticut College. However, she didn't start playing golf until her early thirties. It was a fast fit and quick love. After raising her two sons to the age where they could be left safely for the time it takes to play nine holes, she became an active member of Ould Newbury Golf Club, joining the women's league and participating in tournaments and league play. Nelson appreciates that golf is a game that can be a lifelong athletic pursuit of improvement, both in one's physical and mental skill. She is passionate about creating opportunities for students at Govs to learn how to play golf, regardless of their previous access or exposure. She loves introducing students to the sport of golf, supporting them in their development, and sharing the many facets of this great game.