By BRIAN JENNINGS
A win and a loss during the week keep the Blue Knights (2-2) golf team in contention as the spring season nears the halfway point.
The Knights took the Conard Chieftains (2-3) on at Rockledge Golf Course in West Hartford on Monday, April 27 that would be decided by a stroke. Even though Conard’s Avery Schott was the overall low golfer and medalist in the match, the Knights pulled out the win by a stroke, 170-171.
“It was a great benchmark only because the conditions weren’t great,” said Southington coach Jim DiNello. “It was sunny, but the wind was blowing hard. The bottom line is that we shot 170 at Rockledge, whereas almost a week earlier we shot 183. So it was 13 shots better than when we played Hall at the same course. That’s encouraging.”
Jake D’Alessandro went 4-over to lead the Knights with a low team score of 40. Julian Cardozo shot a 5-over 41. Ryan Burrill shot a 44, and Drew Szandrocha shot a 43. Andrew Rogalski contributed with a 46.
The Knights returned to their home course at Hawks Landing a couple days later to host the Simsbury Trojans (5-1) where they broke 160 for the first time this season, but also suffered their second loss of the season, 153-159.
“It was interesting,” said DiNello. “Andrew Rogalski in the five spot throwing up a 38 was great and Ryan going two-over-par in the two spot was super, but once again there was a little bit of inconsistency. We had a couple guys go high 30’s, which is great, but then a couple almost in the mid-40’s. For us against a team like Simsbury isn’t really going to get it done, but the 159 is a pretty good score. That’s a score that I think we’ll need to qualify for states, which is a huge goal for us.”
This time, it was Burrill who shot a team-leading 36 (4-over), and Rogalski was right behind with an inspiring 38.
D’Alessandro shot a 42. Szandrocha capped the scoring with a 43, and Cardozo contributed with a 44.
Simsbury’s Nick Sullivan won medalist of the match and shot 1-over with a 35.
The Knights will look to cut scores even further this week with contests against NW Catholic and St. Paul Catholic.
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