By BRIAN JENNINGS
Cold, uncomfortable golfing weather was the forecast for the Knights’ two season-opening matches.
Wednesday, April 22 brought the Knights’ first match against the Hall Warriors (2-1) at Rockledge Golf Club in West Hartford. The Warriors defeated the Knights, 167-175, but Southington coach Jim DiNello still thought his boys persevered through the elements and handled themselves well.
“Being on the road in tough conditions is a tough way to start your season,” DiNello said. “It was cold, really windy, and there was a lot of rain. It was tough, but they battled. Hall did what you should do on your home course, and that’s play really good golf. We really didn’t have a lot going for us going into it, but I thought the kids had good focus and did the best they could.”
Julian Cardozo shot the lowest score for the Knights with a 4-over-par 40 with three birdies on his card. Hall’s Chris Butler won honors as medalist, shooting an overall lowest score of 3-over-par 39.
The Knights found redemption the next day returning to their home course at Hawk’s Landing Country Club. Southington took on the Farmington Indians (1-2) and won the match by 15 strokes, 169-154.
Ryan Burrill came up big for the Knights in the hail, wind, and rain, winning medalist honors after shooting a 2-over-par 36. Andrew Rogalski shot 4-over with a 38 as the second lowest scorer for the Knights.
Farmington’s Brendan Fagan shot the teams’ low for the Indians with a 4-over 38.
“Everyone did a really good job,” said DiNello. “Ryan playing in the 2-spot with a 36 is tremendous, but Andrew playing in the 5-hole with a 38 really was a great anchor for today in a good way. Two guys go 30s today and two guys put up 40-on-the-dot. I’m really proud of them because they were able to bounce back and there weren’t optimal conditions. We’re on our home course and that makes a huge difference.”
The Knights will look for their second win next week on their home course against the New Britain Hurricanes (0-4).