Boys golf: Weston is runner-up in Division III

golfflagIn terms of its score, the Weston High boys golf team’s performance at the state Division III tournament was not a bad one at all.

A  311 for 18 holes actually beat the 313 the Trojans posted in winning the South-West Conference tournament only days earlier. Yet it was not quite enough to win them another championship on Monday, June 3.

Top-seeded Holy Cross led the field with a 309, just two strokes ahead of the Trojans, who were runners-up at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin. It was Weston’s second straight runner-up finish in Division III.

East Catholic was third with 322. Ellington took fourth with 325.

“The boys played great,” said Weston coach Craig Saltzgaber. “I couldn’t be any prouder of them.”

He noted that Holy Cross’s top two players had rounds of 72 and 74, putting them second and third in a field of more than 100 golfers.

Weston’s best score came from Max Catucci. The senior captain shot a 76, putting him in a four-way tie for fifth.

Two strokes later were Joe Klokus and Nigel Poppy in a five-way tie for 11th. The former had a two-under-par eagle on the first hole and two birdies on the front nine. Poppy also had a 78 despite having a quadruple bogey (four-over-par) on one hole.

One stroke behind them and completing the scoring for Weston was Aaron Cohen. Also playing in the tournament, senior captain Jared Kapel was next with an 80.

“Right now the boys are pretty disappointed,” said Saltzgaber. “We’ve got four seniors who are leaving Weston after finishing second in the state tournament by one and two strokes the last two years.

“On the other hand, they’re leaving as SWC champs after knocking off undefeated Pomperaug, which pretty much no one in the conference gave us a shot at doing and there are much worse things than being back-to-back runner-up state champs,” he continued. “Co-captains Max and Jared, Nigel, and Aaron are leaving a great legacy for the young kids to build on next year. I’m looking forward to seeing who’s going to take the leap and fill the departing seniors’ shoes.”

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