Norwin girls golf pushes for more success
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Norwin girls golf coach Mike Buscemi saw great potential in his team during the first half of the season.
What he's looking for down the stretch is a little more consistency.
The Knights fell to 1-5 in the section with a 168-208 loss to defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Penn-Trafford on Monday.
Despite the results, Buscemi said he had seen good progress from the players during the first half of the season.
“I'm so proud of the girls, where they are and where they're going,” Buscemi said. “I think we have a really good chance in the second half of the section here that we can improve our record and continue to try and search for some wins.”
Norwin is holding its own in what Buscemi called the most difficult section in the state, one that includes Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway, Indiana, Penn-Trafford and Shady Side Academy. Kiski dropped out before the season began.
The Knights picked up their first win of the season last week, beating Gateway, 205-216 behind a low round of 49 from senior Lindsey Robinson.
“Every team in this division we're in is very competitive,” Buscemi said. “They have girls that can shoot very low. It's very solid across (the board).”
Norwin started the same five players in its first six matches of the season: senior Rachael DelBene and Lindsey Robinson, junior Kaitlyn Spehar, sophomore Ember Toth and freshman Morgan Johnson. Sophomore Alyssa Idele is holding down the No. 6 spot in the lineup.
The top four starters are all returning players from last year.
“We've lost a few players (from) last year, which hurt,” DelBene said. “But as a team, we got a lot of new freshmen, so they're helping, and we seem to be working well together. (We're) trying to get some wins.”
Buscemi said the five starters all showed the potential to shoot low rounds in the first half of the season.
“They're all within probably two to three strokes in scoring average, and they're all playing well,” he said. “What I need them to do is all come out and play well together instead of having a low score one match and not having it again for a few matches. (It's) mainly having them come out and play to their ability on the same day, rather than different matches.”
Norwin was scheduled to begin the second half of section play with a road match against Shady Side Academy on Wednesday. The Knights will host Fox Chapel on Friday afternoon.
With four of its final six matches scheduled for its home course of Cherry Creek Golf Club, Buscemi believes the team can turn some of its first-half losses into victories in the second half.
“I'm excited, and I definitely know they have more wins in front of them,” he said.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.
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