Published 7:24 pm, Tuesday, July 7, 2015
In golf, as New Canaan coach Bill Brown puts it, all you have to do is get in.
For Brown’s boys that meant qualifying for the FCIAC tournament, which they did with a 12-5 record. Once in Brown and co. found their grove, winning the FCIAC title and, less than a week later, states.
“We were very fortunate, we were sort of inconsistent all year,” Brown said. “We were 12-5 during the season and we lost to some good teams and I felt we could be a lot better. As long as you can get to the dance you never know; I though any of the eight (in the FCIAC tournament) could win, so we just happened to catch it on a good day.”
Four days after that ‘good day’ the Rams played one practice round on a Sunday before capturing the state title a day later.
The Rams were led in both tournaments by junior Justin Clark. Clark’s 68 in the FCIAC championship was the best round of his life, and came in the biggest moment.
“He’s a great golfer, he has a chance to be one of the best in the state next year,” Brown said of Clark. “He’s got the whole game and it came together in the FCIAC; he gets upset even when he plays well because he always holds himself to a higher standard. He averaged a 38 all year and I knew he had a below-par round in him and did he ever.”
Brown is in a unique situation at New Canaan; in addition to leading the golf team to two of the many championships that Rams athletics took him this year his face and voice are a staple of athletics throughout the year.
At any given game there’s a better-than-not chance of Brown being in the booth, running the scoreboard, and adding his own color-commentary for the amusement of other media and athletic members around him.
During the winter Brown frequents both boys and girls basketball and hockey games, announcing, running the scoreboard and providing stat sheets to the media. In the spring Brown finds the time to not only coach but attend as many lacrosse games as he can.
If Brown were a baseball player, he would be the ultimate utility man.
“I love it,” Brown said of being a busybody around New Canaan athletics. “I announce basketball and hockey and as many lacrosse games as I can get do and I really enjoy that stuff. It’s a lot of fun for me and I think we do a pretty good job at New Canaan, we’re in the bottom of the conference in enrollment and I think we do pretty well for all the sports—I’m just a small part of it but I really enjoy it.”