Student swings her way into Connecticut golf history

December 07, 2021

Mia swinging club and hitting golf ball on the green

Mia Grzywinski '22 left her mark on the green after being the first new player in five years to earn the Connecticut State Golf Association's Liz Janangelo Caron Women's Player of the Year Award.

After winning first place in the Hartford Women’s Open and earning second place in the New England Women’s Amateur this summer, Grzywinski was recognized for her notable performance.

“During my time at Quinnipiac, I’ve had to develop new ways of practicing more effectively and efficiently,” said Grzywinski. “Since I’m away from my swing coach while I’m at Quinnipiac, I’ve had to develop a deeper understanding of my own golf swing so I can self-diagnose when something goes wrong. This has helped me become more aware of the tendencies I have in my swing and in my golf game overall, and that awareness has helped me to make huge improvements over the summer that brought my game to its peak.”

As a biomedical science major with a minor in microbiology and immunology, Grzywinski developed the skillset of time management.

“While at Quinnipiac, I need to practice very efficiently since I need to balance a heavy course load with my athletic responsibilities,” she said. “I’ve learned how to use my time wisely so that I can get better every time I practice regardless of how much time I have available. I believe this smarter practice contributed to my peak performance as well.”

Grzywinski started playing golf at 13 years old. She explained that she is grateful to be able to win this award so early in her golf career.

“Winning this award helped me realize that I’m capable of achieving some pretty big goals,” she said. “This accomplishment proved to me that success in golf isn’t just about talent and being born and raised as a golfer, it proved that hard work does pay off.”

During her time at Quinnipiac, Grzywinski hopes to help her team win another MAAC Championship this spring, along with improving her swing and putting skills.

“Going forward in my golf career, I’m going to set the bar even higher for myself and keep valuing hard work because I think I’ll continue to find that I’m capable of more than I imagined,” Grzywinski said. 

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