Kaylie Min and Katie Asciutto, each in their own way, are models of success for Edgemont girls golf, though they got there in different ways and at different times in their lives.
Though individually the season hasn’t gone as well as some players had hoped, as a team Edgemont’s boys golfers proved to be a solid bunch.
Edgemont girls golf coach Mitch Shapiro had never seen a bigger smile from senior Katie Asciutto than when she added up her score on the ninth green at Sunningdale on May 24. Asciutto shot a 47, which assured her a spot in the top 30 to qualify for the Section 1 championships.
Of the four local golf teams, the Edgemont girls find themselves most impacted by a season off for COVID-19 and largely changed roster dynamic. Coach Mitch Shapiro calls it “almost a complete rebuild” with some “promising young players.”
Despite losing out on last spring, the Edgemont boys golf team returns a core lineup of veterans, but through four matches it’s sophomore Ben Tran who has shot the team’s lowest round.
Golfer Evelyn Chiu will be back next year with something to prove.
Through nine matches, the Edgemont boys golf team has been consistent, compiling six scores between 230-235, three between 239-244. While the consistency bodes well for the future, the Panthers haven’t been able to lower their scores in order to compete in matches.
Barney (Foltman) made a new friend on Tuesday.
Edgemont’s boys golfers are consistently getting four scores under 50 each match. If they can get the fifth and sixth scores to drop, the Panthers will be much more competitive than they have been early in the season.
Being an “enthusiast” is often enough to get you a high school golf team coaching job. It worked out well for past Edgemont girls coaches George DiChiara and Bryan Paul, so the Panthers are expecting the same positive result with new coach Mitch Shapiro.
Kaitlyn Lee used to play golf for candy. Now she plays for love of the game.