Boys golf drops 3rd match of season
GREENWICH -- Last Wednesday, Greenwich reminded New Canaan who still resides over the FCIAC title. The Rams got another dose of reality, as they were unable to topple the still-undefeated Cardinals. New Canaan lost 152-146 at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course, falling for the third time this season.
Cardinals No. 1 David Pastore, who will play golf at the University of Virginia next season, tied C.J. Swift of New Canaan for medalist honors with a 1-under par 35.
"Every year we say this is one of the best teams that we ever had and the next year we seem to be better," Pastore said. "Every year this team has gotten better and better."
Shooting under par is nothing new to Pastore, who boasts a differential of approximately 0.4.
"My differential is under par, which is ridiculous," Pastore said. "That was my goal at the beginning of the season, but it was one of those goals that seemed unrealistic. I've shot under par three fourths of the rounds I have played, so things are going better than I could really believe."
After parring the first hole, Pastore sank clutch birdie putts the second and third hole to go 2-under-par after three holes. Displaying his steady short game, Pastore made par saving putts the rest of the way.
"He (Pastore) is having an amazing season -- he is a man among boys," Santilli said. "He is a special talent with a great future."
Sophomore Stephen Pastore, David's younger brother, carded an even-par 36, freshman Danny Guise shot a 38 and junior Tomas Agrest fired a 37 from the fifth spot for Greenwich. Junior Jason Morilla also finished with a 38 for the victors.
"It was the second lowest score of the year for us," noted GHS coach Jeff Santilli, whose squad shot a 139 on April 9 a Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. "Getting the whole team to click on one day is what we have been talking about."
Stephen Pastore, who teed off with Morilla in the second group left the course with plenty of optimism.
"Over the weekend I worked hard and I shot a 36 today, so I'm feeling better about how I'm playing," Stephen Pastore said. "I hit great on every hole. New Canaan is a big rival and it's always a close match between us, so to beat them is great."
Guise, meanwhile, has produced a standout freshman season for the Cards. Playing at the No. 2 spot for the first time Wednesday, he stepped up with a fine performance.
After he bogeyed the first hole, Guise birdied No. 2, then rolled in a birdie putt for on the par-5 503-yard, third hole. He ended his round with a birdie on No. 9.
"I finished strong, so I was happy with that," Guise said. "I have enjoyed playing with the varsity team. It's been a lot of fun and a great experience."
Swift, a junior, birdied Nos. 3 and 9 en route to his stellar round.
"I played in a tournament here two years ago during the summer and won it with a 73, so I knew the course pretty well," Swift explained. "I played a clean round until No. 8 (a bogey). We are a young team, but we're still having a very good season."
Added Tohir: "We all definitely have not hit our full potential, but everyone is playing better and come FCIACs and states, hopefully, we'll be at full strength."
The Rams defeated Trumbull the following day, 151-167, and had more than a week's rest before the Chappa Invitational, scheduled for Thursday at Longshore Golf Course.
After that, just two matches remain in the conference: the Holohan Invitational (an individual-score tournament), which New Canaan has succeeded in during the majority of the past five seasons, is Tuesday, June 1, and that's followed by the last FCIAC tournament of the year, the team championship at Fairchild Wheeler on Thursday, June 3, at noon.