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March 26, 2014

Cousin golfers will continue careers in college

Lily Pendy and Tenley Shield sign at D-1 programs

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Grosse Pointe South’s Tenley Shield, left, stands with teammate and cousin Lily Pendy. The two have signed to continue their golf careers in college. Shield will be going to Princeton, while Pendy will attend Ohio University.

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — This past fall girls’ golf season saw the end of two illustrious careers for a pair of cousins at Grosse Pointe South.

Lily Pendy, this year’s individual state champion in golf, along with her cousin, Tenley Shield, a three-time All-State golfer, have each signed on to continue their athletic careers in college.

Pendy will be playing at Ohio University, while Shield will be off to Princeton.

“I really like the school. I felt at home there,” Pendy said of her decision to attend Ohio. “I also know a few of the girls on the golf team, and they were all encouraging and nice.” She said she has developed relationships with members of the team by playing extensively on the American Junior Golf Association circuit.

Shield felt that Princeton offered her the best blend of academics and athletics.

“I really wanted to play a Division I sport, so Princeton was the right mix of athletics and academics,” Shield said. “Some schools that I looked at were also really good academically, but their teams still had their priorities more on the athletics, while Princeton had an even mix of both, which I really liked.”

While summarizing their careers at South, head golf coach Mike Rennell explained how much the pair has meant to the Blue Devils’ program.

“They were unbelieveable careers when you look at what they’ve accomplished over time, and they’ve been consistent from the beginning. Never did they fall lower than fourth in the state as a team for the four years that they were here, which is pretty amazing,” Rennell said.

As sophomores, Pendy and Shield shot South’s two lowest scores at the state tournament to lead the Blue Devils to a Division 1 state title.

“They were a big part of the state title win their sophomore year. They are also both great leaders on the field; they help the younger girls and they tutored them, but their play is what really sets them apart,” Rennell said.

Improving the mental aspect of their game over their four years at South has been their biggest improvement, Rennell explained.

“They’re grinders because they never give up. When they hit a bad shot, they put it away, and that’s what you got to do to be successful. You have to be able to get up and down in bad situations, and they do it,” Rennell said.  “Their ability to get yourself in trouble and forget about it and go to the next shot is what they really improved.”

Pendy and Shield come from an extended golfing family that has already sent other golfers to play collegiately. Pendy’s older sister, Ella, plays for the University of Michigan, while Shield’s older brother, Tim, was the captain for Navy during the 2011-12 golf season.

Shield and Pendy have been golfing together since they were 11, and although they said it will be weird not competing with each other for the first time, Shield explained that it’s been nice having a close playing companion in Pendy.

“She’ll beat me, I’ll beat her — we’re back-and-forth all the time, but it’s not like we’re really competitive with each other. It’s good motivation, though, and I think practicing, too, having someone always there keeps you interested because practicing golf by yourself can get kind of boring sometimes. So it’s good to have someone there,” Shield said.

In addition to their golf accolades, each has excelled in other sports while at South. Pendy twice earned All-State honors in track, while Shield had a decorated career in hockey, as she was named Michigan’s Miss Hockey for her junior and senior seasons.

Shield also earned academic All-State honors in golf and hockey this season, and the pair helped this year’s South golf team earn team academic All-State honors.

“Not only are they great golfers, but they’re great individuals. To be a true sportsman, that’s what it’s about, and these two are great examples of that,” Rennell said.

Pendy plans to major in exercise science while at Ohio, and Shield hopes to study engineering at Princeton.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.