South 2014 graduate Tenley Shield, left, poses with Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock after winning the Miss Hockey honor in late winter. Photo courtesy of Mickey Shield
August 07, 2014Grosse Pointe South's Tenley Shield recently walked off the links with a smile on her face and a jump in her step, despite a sluggish start in the 2014 Michigan PGA Women's Open.
The Academic All-State award winner in both hockey and golf has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
She is especially grateful to be headed to Princeton University later this month, where she will be joining its highly touted golf team.
Shield is one of the most decorated student-athletes to ever walk the halls at South.
She achieved an eye-popping 4.35 grade point average, while also garnering All-State status five times in hockey and golf.
Shield led her teams to three state finals in hockey (winning twice), a Michigan team title in golf as a sophomore, and was recently selected Women's Athlete of the Year at Grosse Pointe South.
"My happiest memory at South was my sophomore year in golf," Shield said. "It was great to win the state title, but what really made it special was playing with my cousins, Ella and Lily Pendy, as well as our good friend Claire Boyle. That was really memorable and fun."
Shield, who was named Miss Hockey as both a junior and senior, also was selected as the top scholar-athlete in Michigan for girls' hockey. She shared about her passion for the game, "I'm really going to miss playing hockey. I'm toying with the idea of trying out for the hockey team at Princeton, but will probably just try to find some pick-up games or intramurals. We will have to see how it goes academically. I know I am going to miss playing."
Shield loved playing for head coach Joe Provenzano.
"Coach Provenzano is awesome and I am really going to miss all the coaches and the team," she said.
She also singled out her teammates as being the thing she will miss the most about her days at South.
Shield comes from a long line of outstanding athletes.
Her mother, Mickey, swam for the boys' team at South, before a girls' team existed. Mickey swam at the University of Michigan, where she met her husband Bill, a wrestler and football player.