School may be days away from beginning, but the Trinity golf team is in full swing. After team tryouts last week, the Blazers have three matches scheduled this week and coach Tom Macchione is hopeful about his team's progress.
Monica Albano, Maggie Tansey and Kelly Grusecki, all three multiple sport athletes at Trinity, headline this year's squad.
"Monica is my strongest player back from last year," said Macchione of Albano, who averaged just under 51. "This trio has a range of experience."
Albano said she's looking to be more consistent with her play this season.
"I've been playing golf since I was five," she said. "I never played competitively until last year, and I really liked it. I shoot all over the place. I'll have a good day, then a bad day. I'm just trying to have good days all the time."
Grusecki is the only senior on the team, and just took up the sport last year. Tansey is also a newcomer who has frequented the driving range over the summer.
Sophomores Emily Wessell, Elizabeth Froelich and Catherine Amaro are also expected to make an impact.
"I want to see what happens and go as far as I can with it," said Wessel of her golf game. Despite the lack of experience on the team, the players feel the competition between themselves and opponents will help them down the road.
Trinity will try and improve on a fifth place finish in last season's Girls Catholic Athletic Conference.
"One of our big rivalries is Resurrection, but everybody wants to beat McAuley," said Macchione. "They are usually a powerhouse team.
Last year's team average was 209, and the Blazers won four out of 11 matches for their best season in the program's eight-year history.
"My hope is to have four girls average under 50," said Macchione. "We'll win some matches."
Macchione received a hand during tryouts by daughter and former Trinity star golfer Michelle Macchione, who averaged a score of 42 last season on her way to a scholarship to St. Ambrose University in Iowa.