By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights golf team (9-4) finished even par on the week by taking two out of four matches in four days as they strive for first place of the CCC West Division.
The Knights had their second closest match of the season with a 151-152 loss to Hall (7-5-1) at Hawk’s Landing Country Club on Monday, May 18. The Knights lost the first meeting between both teams in their first match of the season, 167-175.
Harrison Garrett shot the low score for the Knights with a 37 (+3). Ryan Burrill and Jake D’Allesandro followed with a pair of 38s, Drew Szandrocha with a 39, and Andrew Rogalski with a 40.
“We still shot 152, but Hall just played better,” said Southington coach Jim DiNello. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. Hall’s a really good team and they beat us twice this year. I’m really happy with the score that we shot, but for that particular day Hall was just better than us by one stroke.”
The Knights headed out to Indian Hill Country Club the next day to meet up with Newington (9-3) where they captured a 157-161 triumph. The Knights swept Newington on the season by winning the first meeting earlier this month, shooting their lowest score on the year, 144-154. The Knights swept Newington and gave them two of their three losses on the season.
D’Allesandro and Szandrocha tied as medalists with a pair of 38s (+2). Burrill followed with a 40, Garrett with a 41, and Julian Cardozo with a 44.
“You’re playing a Newington team with only one loss who is tied for first place in the conference, on their course,” said DiNello. “For our guys to go out and shoot a 157 over there really says a lot about not letting the one-stroke loss the day before bother them. They put it behind them and just went and played. I couldn’t be prouder of the way the kids responded.”
Wednesday brought another win for the Knights when they returned home to a 152-161 victory over Conard (7-5). The Knights had a much closer contest with Conard the first time around last month, winning by just a stroke, 170-171.
The steady play of shooting in the 30s continued for D’Allesandro, medaling as the low scorer for the Knights and the match again by shooting a 35 (+1). Burrill and Cardozo followed with a pair of 38s, Szandrocha with a 41 and Garrett with a 43.
“Winning at Newington yesterday put us back in the race to have a shot for the division,” said DiNello. “More importantly, right now its about positioning and getting ready for CCC’s and obviously states. The score today was fantastic. Conard’s a really great team and we had a heck of a match the first time we played them…It’s just really nice to see some degree of consistency right now in our golf team and that’s the biggest thing.”
On Friday, the Knights squared off with Farmington (5-6) at Tunxis Plantation Country Club, but fell short by just five strokes, 154-159. The Knights won the first meeting between both teams last month, 154-169.
D’Allesandro shot a team low score of 38 (+3). Szandrocha and Cardozo came in with a pair of 40s and Garrett with a 41.
“To shoot 159 on the road is not a bad score at all,” said the coach. “I was proud of the kids. The guys put up a good score without Ryan Burrill. Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance at all, but Farmington played great with their 154.”
The Knights will look to keep shooting low numbers next week in their last match of the regular season at home against Glastonbury.
The Knights sent D’Allesandro and Szandrocha to represent Southington in the Chappa Invitational at Longshore Golf Course in Westport on Thursday. The twosome carded a 75 (+6) and finished in the middle of the pack out of 64 teams (128 golfers). Pomperaug’s Michael VanDerLaan and Matthew Van Doren medaled with a score of 64 (-5).