BRISTOL - With the rain coming down harder by the minute, the St. Paul boys golf team put together a winning round.
The Falcons carded 180 as a team, just enough to get past Torrington (184). Naugatuck placed third in the tri-meet with a score of 228.
“A 180 for us today is our second best par rating of the year,” St. Paul coach John Odell said. “The difference being Sam Mazzarelli came in two or three less than his average and Mike Dolce came in one better than his average. We didn’t have to count anything over a 50, so that saved us. It was a good day for us.”
At No. 1, Ryne Salius, an All-State player last season, has been looking to find his groove this year.
It’s been an inconsistent year by his standards, but his 41 on the day was good enough to be co-medalist with the Red Raiders’ John Roscello.
For Salius, the opportunity was there to do more.
“I had two bad holes,” Salius said. “The rest wasn’t bad. I hit a bad chip on the fifth and then I three putted the ninth hole for a double [bogey].”
In the second grouping, St. Paul’s Sam Mazzarelli was more satisfied with his day. He finished second in his group, which consisted of Roscello.
With the wet conditions, his score of 44 wasn’t a negative.
“It was tough with the weather, but I think I did okay for me,” Mazzarelli said. “I was happy with my score, considering all the rain.”
Michael Dolce, the Falcons’ No. 3 golfer, was also satisfied with his round. Dolce carded a 44, the top score in his grouping by eight shots.
“I thought I played really well,” Dolce said. “There’s stuff I could have worked on, but I played pretty decent. Decent enough to shoot what I shot.”
Rounding out the Falcons’ scoring on the day was Matt Raymond, who shot a 50, the best score of his grouping by two shots over Torrington’s Anthony Marinelli.
Like Salius, Raymond thought he could have done better. He also forgot his rain gloves.
“It was not a real good day in general for me,” Raymond said. “I felt like I was pretty inconsistent. My short game definitely saved me. There were a couple good chips and putts that saved my score from being awful to being mediocre. The conditions definitely impacted me. A couple of times the club slipped out of my hand and as a result it hooked way left.”
Chris Millerick’s score of 52 didn’t count, as only the top four scores are counted.
“We have counted his scores,” Odell said. “Not many times, but he’s just a freshman, he’s going to be a good golfer. He was intimidated when he first started playing varsity matches, but he’s grown a lot.”
Overall it was a successful match for the Falcons, as the team moved to 11-2 on the season.
But for St. Paul, there’s still room for improvement heading into the NVL tournament.
“We could definitely be playing better,” Raymond said.
“I think we just need to get our heads in the game and we definitely have performed better in the past. So I feel with the postseason we can definitely pick our game up and get some really good scores in.”
Bristol Eastern gets first win of season
PLAINVILLE - Playing at Hawks Landing Country Club Tuesday afternoon, the Bristol Eastern boys golf team landed its first win of the season, beating Plainville 204-212.
The Lancers’ Justin Jacques was the medalist with a score of 49.
Behind Jacques were Mollie Lewis (51), Drew Fries (52) and Kelsea Wyrebek (52).
Plainville’s Logan Manger had the low score of the day for the Blue Devils with a 51.
Jacob Deschaine (53), Christian Zamudio (54) and Alan Nelson (54) made up the rest of Plainville’s scoring.
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