FALL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021
The newly developed Boys Fall Golf Season began on August 16th and had a great run for the first year of play. With 51 teams opting to play fall golf the CIAC Golf Committee decided upon two Divisions for the fall and three divisions for the Spring. Each Division would continue to have their own Divisional Championship at designated courses.
The two new Fall Divisions conducted their tournaments at the Chippanee Country Club in Bristol, and the newly named Silo Country Club in Southbury. Both divisions played on Monday, October 18th on a cool and blustery day.
DIVISION ONE RESULTS
Fifteen teams and two individuals teed it up at 8:30 in the morning from both the front and back tees at Chippanee. The overcast day and cool winds made scoring difficult, but the competition was successfully completed with the continued help from the CSGA staff. The top two rated teams in the Division had quite a duel before 2nd ranked New Canaan came away with a two-shot victory over number one rated Glastonbury (312-314). Greenwich was not that far behind at 316 and earned third place.
Medalist honors went to Conor Goode of Glastonbury with an even par score of 70. Three players finished in a tie for second at 73 to earn runner-up honors: Angad Manaise from Westhill, Wil Gregware of Conard and Alex Elia from Wilton shared the honors.
DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONSHIP
One individual and fifteen teams contested the Division Two Championship at The Silo Country Club in Southbury. Persistent rain showers only made the cool blustery day more difficult on this new venue for a State Championship. In the end St. Joseph of Hamden captured its second Championship of the year (Spring 2021 Champions also) with a team score of 317 strokes. Berlin High School was second at 326 strokes.
Medalist honors went to Housatonic Regional’s Zim McAuliffe with a 74. Second place was earned by Robbie Slugga (75) from St. Joseph and third place went to Daniel Casanta from Pomperaug (77).
NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP
The 30th New England Golf Tournament moved to the fall and to Connecticut for the very first time. The Mohegan Sun Country Club in Baltic hosted the event that was attended by 58 girls and 68 boys. All six states were represented by the best golfers they have, and the individual honors were hotly contested in both the boys and girls tournaments
Joey Lenane of Xaverion Brother High School in Massachusetts fired a great two under par round (70) to take medalist honors. Second place went to another Massachusetts player, Marcus Pierre from Old Rochester Regional High School (72). Third place was shared by two players: Will Ducharme from New Hampshire and Austin Giroux from Vermont.
Alex Elia from Wilton led Connecticut players with a 5th place score of 75. Zim McAuliffe and Angad Manaise from Westhill shard 9th place with 76s. Others from Connecticut were Wil Gregware of Conard 77 (11th), Robie Sluga from St. Joseph 78 (14th), Daniel Casanta of Pomeraug 79 (17th). Also competing for Connecticut were Colin Firda of St. Joseph, Sebastian Beaver of Ridgefield and Andrew Flynn of St. Joseph who finished with 82s. Charlie Dolan and Connor Goode, both from Glastonbury fired 83s. Xavier Goode from New Britain rounded out Connecticut’s entries finishing with a 91.
On the girl’s side Lillian Gulleserian of Westwood High School in Massachusetts took home the medalist honors with a 73. Not far behind were two other Massachusetts players; Morgan Smith of Westford Academy (74) and Emma Abrahamson of the Sandwich High School (75)
Brooke Zajac from Southington finished with an 86 to earn 15th place while Grace Thompson finished in 44th place with a score of 112.
The first ever Fall Golf Season was a great success and should improve as we go forward and make some necessary changes that will improve play and practice for everyone. Hopefully more teams will try the Fall as the weather is great!
CHSCA Golf Chairman