By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knight golf team entered the postseason on a roll, and on Thursday, June 1 that momentum carried into the CCC championship at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain. Southington placed eighth out of 28 teams with a 45-over-par 329.
Coach Jim DiNello said that the team still has room for improvement, and that’s good news heading into the Division I championships this week.
“I thought that anything under 320 would have been pretty respectable for us with four guys, without a score to throw out, where we’re at, and the whole process of playing 18 holes,” said DiNello. “For all of these guys, this is their first experience in conference-tournament play. But I think we’re capable of even better.”
Nate L’Heureux marshaled the Knights with a six-over-par 77.
“Nate played great,” the coach said. “A 77 is a great, steady score here. To shoot 77 in this environment is just a really good day. He proved why he’s playing in the number one spot right now.”
Mike Zera (82), Cam Zegzdryn (85), and CJ McManus (85) contributed as well.
Avon (309) edged Wethersfield (310) by a stroke to be crowned CCC champions. NW Catholic (316) took third, followed by Conard (317), Simsbury (318), and Glastonbury (322). Wethersfield’s AJ Sanzaro was medalist of the conference with a 69.
Although the Knights didn’t have one of their best days of the season at the conference championship, they still have the Division I championship on Tuesday, June 6 to continue their surprising run. It has a similar beauty as the conference championship: all you need is one good day.
“All of these guys on this team are capable of going really low on the right day,” said DiNello. “If that happens, anything can happen. I have confidence in the guys, and all we have to do is just find four guys to go low on one day. That’s the great thing about the state championship.”
The Division I championship will be held at Fairview Farms Golf Club in Harwinton. Foursomes will follow a shotgun start, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
“It’s a nice course and isn’t super long,” the coach said. “You have to hit the ball straight. That will be a day where we have to play well and make really good decisions.”
Southington’s pairings are set for the Division I championship. L’Heureux will square off in the top group, including William Mallek (Fairfield Prep), Charles Csejka (Amity), and Ryan Levy (Trumbull).
Zera will lead the next group, including Michael Knick (Fairfield Prep), John Ahern (Amity), and Alek Mierzejewski (Trumbull).
Zegzdryn will take on John Kane (Fairfield Prep), Anthony Taddei (Amity), and Peter Brunone (Trumbull).
McManus will be tested by Tyler Blose (Fairfield Prep), Robert Moffa (Amity), and Matthew DiSisto (Trumbull).
Max Chubet will battle Evan Farruggio (Fairfield Prep), Nicholas Falcone (Amity), and Alex Chopskie (Trumbull).
For this week’s box scores, click here: (southingtonobserver.com/2017/06/05/weekly-scoreboard-for-the-june-9-edition). To contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at BJennings@SouthingtonObserver.com.