By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (10-1) suffered their first loss of the season in Glastonbury last week, but Southington coach Jim DiNello said the loss wasn’t that bad, falling by six strokes on a tough course, and that his guys rebounded very well with a pair of victories following the loss.
“Glastonbury’s a very good team,” the coach said. “I thought they responded very well coming home and shooting back to back rounds in the sub 150s. It’s always good to get back to your home course after a loss.”
Southington opened the week with the 161-167 loss on Monday at Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Andrew Szandrocha led the Knights as co-medalist of the match with a 39 (3-over-par). Ryan Burrill and Jake D’Alessandro each carded 42, and Cameron Zagzdryn contributed with a 44.
“You have to know your way around and know your yardages,” said DiNello. “Club selection and shot placement at Glastonbury Hills is really key. There were some holes that played longer by yardage than they actually played off the tee box. It’s one of those courses where if you don’t play there often, you can easily miss-club. And that happened to us a few times.”
The next day, the Knights bounced back with a 143-182 home win over Bristol Central. Szandrocha and Burrill went 1-under (34) to tie as medalist. D’Alessandro finished 1-over (36), and Andrew Rogalski’s 39 was the fourth under 40.
That trend continued on Wednesday as Southington capped off the week with a 146-158 home victory over Hall.
Rogalski led all golfers with a 34. Szandrocha and Burrill scored 37s, and Zagzdryn shot 38.
The Knights will wrap up the home schedule against Avon on Monday before traveling to face Cheshire and Bristol Central. DiNello looks to continue the momentum.
“Anytime you start to get close to tournament time, finding an even keel is extremely important,” said DiNello. “But at the same time, stretching the guys out is too. We’re going to have to find a way to play a few 18-hole days over the course of the next two weeks just to get that grind-it-out mindset.”
DiNello went on to say that he is happy that the team is going to be on the road for the last four matches of the regular season because it’s going to put his guys in some uncomfortable positions.
“Everything we do in the postseason is going to be unfamiliar,” the coach said. “I think it’s a great time for us to start getting accustomed of not being somewhere where you’re comfortable. And I think that’s really going to help us.”
Southington is currently second in Division I behind Darien with a course differential of 11.06. Southington is also 5-1 in the Blue Division of the CCC Central.