The St. Paul boys golf team had a tremendous season, one that was capped by its leader, Michael Dolce, winning a share of the Division IV state championship by carding a 76 at Black Hall Country Club in Old Lyme.
Both Dolce, a junior, and Ryne Salius, a senior, are at the top of our 2018-19 All-Press Golf Team after successful All-State campaigns. Salius finished with an 83 at the Division IV state meet to earn the honor.
Another highlight for both standouts came during the Bristol City Championship, when each shot a 37 to tie for the city title after Salius earned the city championship outright as a junior in 2018.
The pair led the Falcons to a 13-3-1 overall record.
Bristol Central senior Adam Ward also had a standout 2019 campaign, leading the Rams to a 9-7 regular season record. Ward transferred to Central after spending his first two years at St. Paul, where he formed a friendship with Salius as playing partners.
One of Ward’s season highlights came when he earned medalist honors in the regular season city meet against Bristol Eastern that his team ultimately lost by five strokes.
All season, Ward was praised by Rams coach Tim Barrette for being the prime example of how to be a senior leader.
“Adam is the epitome of what you want a captain to be,” Barrette said. “He represents the program to the fullest and is proud to be a Ram. He’s one of the hardest workers I have seen in the offseason and because of that effort, he has had tremendous success here the last two years. He is the role model every golfer in my program should follow.”
Drew Fries, a Bristol Eastern sophomore, was the Lancers’ No. 1 golfer throughout the season. He was the match medalist in four matches.
The girls portion of our 2018-19 All-Press Golf Team, meanwhile, is led by St. Paul freshman Erin Downes and junior Natalie Millerick.
Downes, a 2018 Junior Girls Club champion, finished as the 2019 runner-up at the NVL girls golf tournament, enjoying immediate success as a varsity contributor.
Millerick was named the team’s MVP and captain. She is looking forward to her senior season and adding onto what is a rising program.
“I think we’ve grown greatly as a team, and we’ve become like a family which I think is very important,” Millerick said. “It’s very special what we have, and I think we should be very proud of ourselves with how much we’ve grown.”