It came down to the final hole, but in the end, steady play was all that was needed for New Canaan (7-0) to preserve its undefeated season. The Rams topped Fairfield Ludlowe 165-169 on Monday at the H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield.
Competing without its number one player, Justin Clark, who missed the match due to illness, New Canaan notched just one birdie on the day, but played with great consistentcy.
"New Canaan is one of the powerhouses in our division, and coming in close to them is definitely a positive, even though it is still a loss on the scoreboard," said Ludlowe coach Daniel Kleps.
Rams co-captain Chris Tohir, playing in the No. 2 spot, carded the match's low score with a 38. To get there, he hit par on seven holes, and bogeyed two others.
One of Tohir's pars came on the seventh hole when he hit a nice easy draw, chipped the ball up on the green, and then sank a 10-foot putt. On the subsequent par-three, he hit a beautiful approach shot, before just missing making a birdie.
"It wasn't a tough course, but the greens were tough," Tohir said. "The pins were in weird positions, and I think that held us back from scoring a little better."
Kyle Finnican, slotted in the top spot for New Canaan, posted a 41 and scored the team's only birdie which came on the sixth hole.
"I feel like my wedge game and my iron game were top of the game," he said. "As a team we are solid this year, and are definitely optimistic moving forward."
Falcon co-captain senior Jack Armstrong posted his team's low anchor score with a 39. A relatively young team--there is only one senior in its starting five--Fairfield Ludlowe remain a work in progress.
"We are still in the experimental stages of who are solid starting five are going to be," Kleps said. "Our players are starting to come into their own and play to their potential."
"It was pretty rough out there; the greens weren't sticking," said Falcons Matt Chan, playing in the number one slot. "We left a lot of shots out there, and we just have to tighten up."
Reflecting on the Rams' undefeated season, Tohir was cautious.
"We have some harder teams in the coming weeks, so it will be interesting to see how we stack up against them."
The Rams' Eli Litchman, who competed out of the No. 5 spot, scored a 42 and hit par on four holes. Brett Capone rounded out the scoring for New Canaan with a 44.