By BRIAN JENNINGS
Three solid wins and some benchmarks set this week put the Blue Knights golf team (5-2) in a good position as the season reaches the mid-way point. Southington scored lopsided wins over three opponents, but a 150 against St. Paul on Friday was the team’s lowest so far.
Southington began the week with a 160-208 triumph over the New Britain Hurricanes (0-9) at Hawks Landing Country Club on Monday, May 4, which was their largest margin of victory thus far on the year.
Jake D’Allessandro and Andrew Rogalski shared medalist honors by shooting 3-over with 37s. Ryan Burrill (40), Drew Szandrocha (46), and Julian Cardozo (47) scored for the Knights.
Pat Adamczyk led the Hurricanes with a 48. Kevin Merkle (50), Karell Largent (54) and Justin Fliss (56) rounded out the scoring.
“A score of 160 wasn’t a great home day, but we definitely showed signs of progress with two of the top five going three-over-par,” said Southington coach Jim DiNello. “They were fairly consistent, but we’re still working for some consistency. The 160 is a score that we’ll be able to keep and it should count toward our cause to make it to states.”
The Knights followed up Monday’s win with another victory against the NW Catholic Indians (2-7) two days later at
Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford, 164-178. It was Szandrocha this time that led the pack and medaled with a 2-over 38. D’Allessandro (39), Burrill (42), and Cardozo (45) contributed.
Will Horigan and Sean Oleasz led the Indians with 44s. NW Catholic’s George Burnett and Andrew Hesketh shot 45s.
“I was really happy about that round. Two guys were in the 30s, but a total of 164 at Wampanoag is a pretty good score for four guys,” said DiNello. “I think a score of 164 might help our cause for states. It was good to get a win against NW on their home course. Anytime you win on the road is a really good win, plus NW is always tough.”
The Knights returned home on Thursday to round up the week with a third-straight win against the St. Paul Catholic Falcons (3-4), 150-193, which was the team’s lowest score thus far on the year.
D’Allessandro shot 1-over (35) to lead all golfers. Burrill and Szandrocha shot 38s, and Harrison Garrett rounded out the scoring with a 39.
Mark Lozinski led the Falcons with a 45. Dan Stump (46), Ted Mourges (51), and Nate Zawilinski (51) contributed.
“The 150 is what I would expect us to be around on our home course,” said DiNello. “Last year we broke 150 six times, but the 150 was nice for these guys. It’s just a tremendous score. I don’t care where you play. It was nice in terms of our depth, and it’s coming. The course management and ball striking is getting better. We’re getting a little bit better everyday. Hopefully the scores will get better as we continue, but I was really proud of the kids.”
The Knights currently sit in third place in the CCC West, 2 matches back from Simsbury (8-1) in first and a match back from Newington (5-0) in second. The Knights look to keep the winning streak going with a home match next week against the Hall Warriors (5-3).