In terms of scores, the South-West Conference tournament was not a bad day at all for the Weston High boys golf team.The defending champs, The Trojans’ performance surpassed that of a year ago by eight strokes. Yet they were not the only ones to see improvement since then.
Pomperaug, the only SWC team to beat the Trojans this season, got better as well. When the totals were added up the Panthers shot a 323 for 18 holes, beating Weston by two strokes at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury last Friday, May 25.
Weston, which totaled 325, was runner-up in the eight-team field. Masuk was third with 344.
“I thought were in pretty good shape,” said Weston coach Brandt Nigro, whose team defeated Pomperaug by a stroke last season. “Scores were much better.”
Although Weston did not take the championship it did have the medalist for the match. Senior captain Max Catucci led the field with a four-over par 77 to be named the first Weston medalist for the tournament since Bernie D’Amato in 2009.
“I played steady,” said Catucci, the only Weston golfer named to the All-SWC team this season. “My short game was kind of rough today.”
Despite getting no birdies Catucci parred 14 of the 18 holes. The only difficulty came on the fifth hole, which he double-bogeyed (two over par).
“Max had a great round,” said Nigro.
The rest of Weston’s golfers shot in the 70s. Joey Klokus was next with an 81 and one of three Weston golfers on the All-Patriot Division team.
Two strokes later came Jared Kapel with an 83 to be named to the All-Patriot team as well. Completing the scoring for Weston, Asher Greenberg shot an 86 and also made the All-Patriot team.
Also playing in the match, Nigel Poppy shot an 88.
For Catucci and Klokus it was the second tournament in as many days. On Thursday they represented Weston in the Chappa tournament, which features two-player teams, at Longshore Park Golf Course in Weston. They combined for a best-ball score of 73, four over par.
The Trojans will now take part in the state Division III tournament on Monday at Crestbrook Park in Watertown.