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Norwin girls golf team finishes season strong

| Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Doug Gulasy | Norwin Star
Norwin freshman Morgan Johnson hits a shot during the Section 3-AAA qualifier held Sept. 18, 2013, at Vandergrift Golf Club.

After a slow start to section play this season, Norwin girls golf coach Mike Buscemi hoped his team would show some improvement in the second half.

He got just what he was looking for.

The Knights, who began the season 1-5 in section play, closed the season by winning four of their final six section matches to post an overall 5-7 record for the year.

“I was very proud of them,” Buscemi said. “Not only (did the team go 4-2), we ended up shooting back-to-back season lows, going 188 against Gateway and 185 against Franklin (Regional).”

Inconsistency plagued the Knights during the first half of the season. Several of the team's players showed the capability to shoot low rounds, but the team couldn't get more than one player to shoot a low round on any given day.

That problem corrected itself during the second half of the season, as the Knights were able to get strong performances from multiple golfers on the same day.

“Something clicked,” Buscemi said. “We did have a few home matches in a row, (and) we have a good home-field advantage. But they still had to come out and shoot low scores. The second half of the season, I was very impressed with the scores we were coming in with.”

The five victories this season marked a three-win improvement from 2012.

Norwin will lose senior starters Rachael DelBene and Lindsey Robinson from this year's squad. Junior Kaitlyn Spehar, sophomore Ember Toth and freshman Morgan Johnson will return from the starting lineup, and Buscemi said he had several other young players who could compete for a spot next season.

“The seniors will be missed,” Buscemi said. “They were a big contributor in the success that we had this year. Although they will be missed, I know that I do have younger girls ready to fill that void for next year and be ready to go play comptitive golf.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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