By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights golf team (11-4) won two on the road to push them towards lower scores for the Division I state tournament and prepare for the CCC Golf Tournament.
The Knights started the week with a 150-152 win at Simsbury Farms Golf Course on Tuesday, May 26. The Knights lost the first meeting between both teams last month, 153-159.
Jake D’Allesandro won medalist of the match, shooting 1-under-par with a 35. Drew Szandrocha followed with a 37. Harrison Garrett (38) and Ryan Burrill (40) rounded out the scoring, and Julian Cardozo (47) contributed.
“I think a lot of our success has to do with confidence right now,” said Southington coach Jim DiNello. “They just feel good about where their games are individually and collectively. The individual success is coming from them feeding off of each other. The fact that we’ve a fairly decent amount of time with some very healthy competition within the team has enabled us to play better. The kids are playing for spots pretty much every day.”
The Knights remained out on the road two days later and got a preview of the conference tournament in a 156-204 win over New Britain (0-15) at Stanley Golf Course.
Garrett won medalist of the match with a 37 over nine holes. Szandrocha finished with 39 strokes. Cardozo and Burrill each scored 40s to complete the scoring.
The Knights (10-4) finished the regular season in third place in the CCC West behind Newington (10-3) and Simsbury (12-2). The Knights are in second place in the Division I Rankings with an average score of 13.98. Ridgefield (11.08) enters the postseason as the team to beat in Division I. Newington (14.68) and Simsbury (15.28) will round out the top foursome.
“We’re still young and we’re in the mix again toward the top of the rankings,” the coach said. “It’s a good feeling, but it’s a tribute to the kids. They’ve worked really hard. They’ve been dedicated, committed to it, and have been a great bunch guys to coach. I would be very happy for them if somehow someway we could make June 4th and June 8th two tremendous days for our program because they deserve it. They’ve worked awfully hard to have that happen.”
The Knights will tee off in the CCC Tournament this week at Stanley Golf Course.
“It’s a great day when you have every single team in your conference, less maybe a couple, here to play,” said DiNello. “There are a lot of teams in our conference that could win it on that day. It’s nice to know that we have a team that could potentially do that. Winning a conference championship and winning a state tournament is very difficult. To have that happen, everyone has to have a good day, especially at conference’s when you only have four guys. At state’s, you need four really good ones to win it.”