Greensburg Trib athletes of the week: Hempfield's Javon Trout, Norwin's Cayla Imbarlina
Claim to fame: Trout, who averaged 36.9 strokes per nine-hole round this season, shot 73 at the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships at Diamond Run Golf Club. With the eighth-place finish, Trout qualified for the PIAA West Regional on Oct. 16 at Tom's Run Golf Course. This past summer, Trout won five of the 11 Kings Tournament events he entered and placed second in two others.
“I've been doing well so far. It's all because of God,” Trout said. “I have a brain tumor and I'm blessed to wake up every day. I have really made it a long way.”
With what you have been through in the past and currently, how do you use that as fuel on the golf course?
I know God blessed with me the ability to play this game, and I have the intention to please him. When I'm on the golf course, everything on my mind goes blank.
How has being involved with the Kings Tournaments helped your game?
It was a really good thing for me. Also, I was able to put in practice time on the range. All my effort I was putting in is paying off and it's starting to show.
What do you think you need to continue to work on?
I would have to say my short game. I want to get better at chipping because I know my putting will be able to save me at times.
How did you start playing golf?
I live with my grandma and pap. One day, I saw my pap pick up a club and swing. I started to swing the club and he said no kid swung the club like me. I started to play golf at the age of 4.
Who are your favorite PGA golfers?
Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods. Rickie is just different than everyone else on the PGA, especially with the clothes he wears on the course. I try to wear the same type of clothes on the course as him. Tiger is just really good and he also started playing when he was really young.
Claim to fame: Imbarlina has recorded seven shutouts this season for Norwin (12-1-2, 9-1-1) against Hempfield (2), Connellsville (2), Baldwin, Mt. Lebanon and Kiski Area.
“She's a senior goalkeeper who has played just about every game since last year,” coach Jeff Palm said. “She has improved and has dealt with injuries. She has been a very vocal leader in the back for us.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I have been accepted to Carlow and plan on playing soccer. I want to major in biology autopsy specialist. I would like to go to med school to become a doctor in sports medicine. I wanted to take on the hands-on approach rather than majoring in biology and minor in chemistry.
What do you think has been the key to your team's success?
We have been more of family or a team than other teams in past years.
Who is your role model and why?
I would say both of my siblings. I have an older sister and brother. My sister has taught me how to play soccer. My brother is the smarter one and has taught me life lessons.
When the action is on the other end for long periods of time, how do you keep yourself engaged into the action?
Sometimes I sing to myself or I will watch the play as if I'm watching it on television and just get into it. I listen to whatever song is on my mind. It varies.
If you were able to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would say I wish I met my grandparents and had a better relationship with them.
— Andrew John