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Dumbaugh chips in to create better chemistry for Butler girls golf

| Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 11:12 p.m.
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The Butler girls golf team is a close-knit group, both on and off the course. The team includes (front row) Caroline Piccola and Michaela Brydon. In the back row are Haley Caldwell, Abby Dumbaugh, Liz Rakers, Deidra Anthony and coach Sarah Zediker.

Butler girls golf captain Abby Dumbaugh is taking her leadership role in what she calls a “learning year” in stride, pushing her teammates to get better on the course while trying to build team unity off it.

“I kind of get everyone together for practices at least four or five times a week,” Dumbaugh said.

“And whenever we go out, I just like to make everyone feel like we're almost a big family. We eat together. We talk together. We do everything together.”

The Golden Tornado lack experience with four freshmen on the roster.

For that reason, coach Sarah Zediker said the team's focus is building strength and confidence.

But rather than dwell on the squad's 1-4 record to this point in the season, Zediker said players have embraced the challenge of getting better by year's end and to prepare for the years to come.

“They're always willing to work hard. They never miss a practice,” Zediker said.

“They try to learn, so they're good, solid players. We just need to work with them a little bit.”

A lot of that work comes during those impromptu, Dumbaugh-led sessions, during which players hone their skills in a variety of areas.

Zediker said some players, including Dumbaugh, are working on their tee shots.

Dumbaugh is currently trying to break in a new driver, and other teammates are trying to master iron play, chipping and putting.

Zediker said some players are still three-putting, something she wants to eliminate as much as she can before next fall.

And Dumbaugh believes all of the practice is paying off, even if the team record doesn't reflect that yet.

“It's good for everyone,” she said. “Everyone's really improving on everything; putting, drives, chip shots, irons.”

Her coach gives her a lot of credit for that.

She also believes Dumbaugh will get an opportunity to play in college thanks to the way she “kills the ball.”

For now, though, the junior will lead her teammates toward the success they're working hard to achieve.

“The girls love her,” Zediker said. “She's fun. She's a loving kid, great personality. They love her.”

Adam Bittner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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