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Norwin girls golfers seek continued balance

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Matt Grubba | The Daily News
Norwin golfer Kaitlyn Spehar tees off on the 18th hole at Irwin Country Club during her team's match against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
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Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, 11:41 p.m.
 

The wins have been tough to come by, but the scores have been dropping for Norwin's girls golf team.

The Knights completed the first half of their section schedule — minus a postponed match with Shady Side Academy — with a 167-217 loss to Penn-Trafford at Irwin Country Club on Thursday.

The biggest positive for Norwin, which entered the week with a 1-5 record, has been the balance from the top to the bottom of its lineup. Five of the girls among Norwin's top six players have been the team's low scorer for a match, and the team is optimistic that the second half of the season will yield more wins.

“I think our team is finally realizing that it isn't just ourselves,” senior Taylor Churchfield said.

“We're relying on each other to play the game. It really is a team sport; it's not an individual sport. That's how you have to play.”

Two Norwin golfers broke 50 in the match against the undefeated Warriors, as both Kaitlyn Spehar and Lindsey Robinson shot matching rounds of 49.

“It's not just the top one or two in the lineup that can shoot in the 40s — it's everyone,” Churchfield said. “We're showing that we can all contribute.

“Our coach (Mike Buscemi) tells us, over the course of the season, your score is going to be thrown out at least once. That just lets everyone know we can rely on each other.”

Rachel DelBene had a 59 against P-T, Ember Toth shot 60 and Frankki Hager shot 63, but comparing those scores to the team's win against Gateway, 215-222, on Aug. 31, illustrates the balance on the team.

In the win over the Gators at Cherry Creek Golf Course, Hager was the low scorer with a 50. Spehar added a 53, and both Churchfield and Toth shot 56, while Robinson, the low scorer against P-T, was the discarded score with a 64.

“We win as a team, and we lose as a team,” Churchfield said.

“But we always keep our heads up, and Coach Buscemi is good about helping us keep our heads up.”

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or mgrubba@tribweb.com.

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