By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights golf team (7-2) shot their two lowest scores on the year over the week, en route to two solid wins through the halfway point of the season.
The Knights handed the Newington Indians (8-1) their first loss of the season, 144-154, while shooting their lowest score on the year at Hawks Landing Country Club on Monday, May 11.
Jake D’Allesandro medaled, going 2-under with a 32. Harrison Garrett followed with a 36. Ryan Burrill shot a 37, and Drew Szandrocha scored a 39.
Tim Wells led the Indians with a 35.
“The match was a great matchup and Newington came in undefeated,” said Southington coach Jim DiNello. “They’re an excellent team and we knew if we were going to have any chance to make a run at the division, we would have to play very well… It was just a really, well-balanced team effort and we needed to have a great score to beat a really good team like Newington.”
After defeating the Northwest Catholic Indians (2-12), 166-178 the first time at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford, the Knights defeated them again, 145-160, this time at home.
D’Allesandro finished just 1-over with a 35, which was the lowest score for the Knights. Szandrocha was right behind with a 36, and Burrill and Andrew Rogalski came into the clubhouse tied at 37.
NW Catholic’s Sean Oleasez led all golfers as medalist with an even-par 34.
“I think there was a certain amount of confidence that carried over from the match against Newington,” said DiNello. “While we didn’t have anyone go under par, it was the first time this year that we had five guys come in under 40. Needless to say, I’m extremely pleased at the amount of depth that we’re starting to develop. It kind of makes it tough to make a lineup everyday, but it’s a really good problem to have.”
The Knights look to keep the low scores rolling when they travel to Tunxis Plantation Country Club this week for a date with the Farmington Indians (3-5). The Knights defeated the Indians in their first meeting back in April in their second match of the season, 154-169.