Penn-Trafford girls golf team keeps undefeated record
New section, new opponents, no problem.
Penn-Trafford's jump to Class AAA girls golf has been a flawless one so far, as the team jumped to 11-0 on the season and 9-0 in Section 3-AAA over the last seven days.
The team hit the midpoint of section play at Irwin Country Club last Thursday, when it defeated an improving Norwin team, 167-217. The Warriors followed that up with a pair of wins in a three-team section match Monday, as the Warriors shot a 173 to better the 202 of Franklin Regional and the 273 of Gateway.
Penn-Trafford isn't just winning, it has been dominant, and its move from the lower division to the most difficult section in the WPIAL has had no effect on the team's scorecards.
The Warriors' closest match of the year was early in the season, a 25-stroke win at Indiana. The Indians are one of only three teams to come within 30 of the Warriors this season, the others being Fox Chapel — P-T's presumed co-favorite for the section title entering the season — on Aug. 30, and Franklin Regional this week.
“I was very excited to be in this new section. I love the challenge,” said Penn-Trafford senior Mia Barchetti, who has suffered only one dual-match loss in her four years on the team. “Of course, winning the section would feel great, and that's a big goal for us.”
The lopsided scores have Penn-Trafford's players feeling good that this might be the year the program gets over the top to win a WPIAL title after back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011.
“I've been thinking about (the WPIAL title) more than anything,” Barchetti said. “Getting to states for individuals and as a team is what we want. We're going to go far. I know we are.”
Barchetti was an individual qualifier for states last year, and she and her teammates have maintained a high level of play this season.
In the match against Norwin, Barchetti led all players with a round of 37. Haley Borkovich and Casey Doran both shot 43, Royse Bachtel shot 44, and Morgan Rector's score of 47 — two shots better than Norwin's best score — was the one P-T had to drop from the team score.
That the Warriors go five deep in players who can shoot bogey golf or better is the team's biggest asset, as a bad day by any one player won't adversely affect the team total.
“Our consistency and the way we all get along is our biggest strength,” Barchetti said. “We're all good friends, and I think that helps with everything. Even though it's an individual sport, we come together when one person has a bad day, and we pick them up.”
The Warriors were scheduled to host Indiana on Wednesday, after this edition's deadline, before hosting nonsection opponent Southmoreland at 3 p.m. Thursday in the second of four straight matches at Irwin C.C.
Penn-Trafford also plays host to Fox Chapel at 3 p.m. Monday in a match that could clinch the section title with a season sweep of the Foxes. Sectional qualifiers for the WPIAL individual tournaments also are next week for both boys and girls.
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.