Sunday August 14, 2022 | 11:01 a.m.
Penn-Trafford boys’ golf coach Andy Rizzardi said he has set ambitious goals for his team.
Not only does he want his Warriors to defend their Section 1-3A title and qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, he also wants them to reach the WPIAL Tag Team Finals. This would be a first in the school’s history.
The Warriors, who were 12-0 in 2021, return five starters, including defending WPIAL Class 3A champion Nick Turowski, who tied for fourth at the state tournament.
Others returning are seniors Colt Kaminski and Jackson Kerrigan and juniors David Newsom, Braedan Mastine and Bryce Williams. Senior Evan Wettling could also break the top six. Chase Crissman graduated from the 2021 team.
“We have a lot of returning players so I expect lower scores,” Rizzardi said. “We certainly have more experience.”
Penn-Trafford were in a tough semi-final that included WPIAL champion Fox Chapel, third-place finisher Peters Township and Mars.
The Warriors finished fifth with 402 points behind Fox Chapel (387), Mars (397), Peters Township (398) and Franklin Regional (401).
“I told them we had to shoot for a 395,” Rizzardi said. “That didn’t happen, but the team gained a lot of confidence playing in this event.”
And with five starters returning, the Warriors hope to face Central Catholic and Peters Township, also returning five starters, and Mars, who are returning three.
Individual WPIAL tournaments begin in August. Section 1 teams will qualify at Youghiogheny Country Club on August 19. The teams are Armstrong, Hempfield, Indiana, Latrobe, Norwin and Penn-Trafford.
The WPIAL Class 3A Individual Championship will be played at Allegheny Country Club on October 6. The Class 2A tournament will take place at Oakmont Country Club on October 4.
The team championship will take place on October 13 at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
The PIAA Championship takes place Oct. 17-19 at Penn State’s Blue and White courses.