How it fared against one opponent in particular during the regular season did not matter to the Weston High boys golf team as it entered the South-West Conference tournament last week.
The Trojans, who had twice lost to defending-champ Pomperaug in regular-season matches, were hoping for some payback when they took to the course as part of an eight-team field on Friday, May 31. Some consistent shooting from the whole team came into play as the Trojans posted a score of 313 to win by two strokes at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury.
It was Weston’s second SWC title in the past three seasons.
Pomperaug was runner-up with 315. Third went to Joel Barlow with 323.
“We were pretty confident,” said Weston senior and captain Max Catucci, who shot a 79, putting him third in the team’s order of finishers. “We knew we had a lot of depth. Everybody was capable of shooting a low score.”
All of their scorers had rounds within a span of six strokes. Their best one came from Aaron Cohen. A 76 also put him third in the field of golfers behind medalist Mason Mobilio (70) of Barlow and John Van DerLaan (72) of Pomperaug.
“I wanted to tie Max’s score from last year,” said Cohen, who actually beat it by a stroke.
Playing in his first league championship, Cohen managed a couple of birdies, including one by making a long putt on the 15th hole.
One stroke behind him was teammate Joe Klokus. After shooting a 41 on the front nine, he had a one-over-par 36 on the back to finish with a 77.
Next came Nigel Poppy, who improved his score on the back nine by seven strokes to finish with an 81.
“I’m proud of these two guys,” said Weston coach Craig Saltzgaber. “”They could’ve folded. They buckled down.”
Also playing in the match, senior captain Jared Kapel had an 86, putting him ahead of the fourth golfer of a number of opponents.
Note: Weston finished second at the state Division III tournament on Monday in Berlin. Details will follow in the next issue.