Franklin Regional girls golfers look to stay on top of section
Saturday, August 28, 2021 | 11:01 AM
Franklin Regional girls golf coach Kane Daignault said he knew he had a good team returning.
But when he finally got to watch freshman Anna Qin, he knew this could be a special season.
Qin instantly made Franklin Regional the team to beat in Section 3-AAA, he said.
“How good is Anna? It’s like getting the No. 1 pick in the draft,” Daignault said. “She’s very impressive. She really fits in well with Caroline (Tragesser) and Gwen (Shilling).
“Caroline and Anna give up a solid one-two punch. I never saw Anna play before this season. I heard of her. She knows what she’s doing.”
Tragesser and Qin have led the way.
“This might be the best team I’ve ever coached, and I thought that of last year’s team,” Daignault said. “These girls are willing to do anything it takes to get better. Many stay after practice to work on things on their own. One girl has glow-in-the-dark balls and plays.
“This is a special group. They get mad if they don’t perform. They want to get better. I hadn’t seen that before and I love it.”
In a 167-215 victory against Norwin at the Panthers’ home course Murrysville Golf Course, Tragesser and Qin each shot a 38 and sophomore Ali Boyle had a 43.
The other girls Daignault is counting on are junior Chelsea Pollitt and sophomore Cam Alexander. Boyle is a sophomore and Shilling is a junior.
“We played really well against Norwin,” Daignault said. “We usually don’t play well on the front nine at Murrysville, but we did well. We also played well against Penn-Trafford.
“It’s a nice start to the season. I know Indiana will be good and Penn-Trafford is going to get better.”
Franklin Regional graduated three starters (Brooke Horvath, Lila Shilling and Reilley Woehler) from last year’s squad that finished seventh in the WPIAL finals behind Peters Township.
But Daignault knows with the addition of Qin and Boyle, the Panthers could be even stronger.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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