By BRIAN JENNINGS
Coach Jim DiNello said that part of the reason why his Blue Knight golfers had a record-breaking week is that they are genuinely rooting for each other and having fun on the course. It’s also the reason why they are currently undefeated at 8-0.
The weather got colder last week, but the Knights are still heating up.
How low can they go?
The course was cold and dreary as temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, but that didn’t stop the Knights from making history on Wednesday, May 4. Southington broke a course record at Hawk’s Landing Country Club, going 1-under on the front nine to post a 139.
Simsbury shot a 148, but it wasn’t even close.
Andrew Szandrocha led all golfers, scoring his personal best as a Knight, going 3-under with a 32. DiNello said that was even more impressive when you consider the weather and conditions.
“I’m really proud of Andrew,” said the coach. “He and Ryan [Burrill] have been a really good one-two combination. Ryan was great today too, but 3-under is phenomenal.”
Burrill and Jake D’Alessandro both remained even with 35s. In just his second varsity match, Nate L’Heureux got into the mix with a 37, and Andrew Rogalski posted a 40 as the alternate score.
“Today was a rough day weather-wise,” DiNello said. “For the guys to go out and shoot a 139 against a really good Simsbury team says a lot about their resiliency and toughness. They’re just enjoying the game right now and playing good golf.”
Nick Knisel and James Bosworth each led the Trojans with 35s.
Szandrocha strikes again
A day later, Szandrocha recorded his second-lowest round as a Knight by firing a 33 during a 145-160 triumph over Glastonbury (3-4) at home. For the second day, he finished as medalist.
Burrill came into the clubhouse three strokes behind with a 36. D’Alessandro (37) and Rogalski (39) rounded out the scoring. The win marked the fourth time this season that all four starters shot in the 30s.
Nate Dong and James Sowa each led the Tomahawks with 38s.
Warriors lose the fight
Southington began the week at home against Windsor (0-9) on Monday, where the Knights defeated the Warriors by 70 strokes, 151-221.
Burrill medaled with a 36. Szandrocha (37) and Rogalski (38) scored. D’Alessandro (40) and Steve Salmon (40) tied for the final score.
Jeremy Rosner led the Warriors with a 48.
The Knights will look to stay undefeated this week when they travel to Glastonbury for a rematch on Monday in a tri-team meet with Cromwell (6-3) before continuting the road trip at Bristol Central (5-5) on Tuesday and Hall (7-4) on Wednesday.
Southington is currently second in the CIAC Division I rankings. Their course differential (13.225) is second only to Darien (11.171).
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