Naugy’s commitment stays strong  

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck golf team saved its best for last.

The Greyhounds shot a 191 — their best round of the season — on Wednesday in a tri-match against Wilby and Wolcott. Naugatuck beat Wilby, which shot a 247, but fell to the Eagles, who shot a 175.

The win over the Wilby give the Greyhounds their fourth win of the year and tied them for last spot in NVL tournament.

Colin Sheedy led the way for Naugatuck with a 42. Zach Mnock (48), Mia Rotatori (50) and Arbnor Mehmedi (51) rounded out the scoring for the Greyhounds.

The match followed a 224-278 win over Crosby on Monday. Mnock set the pace with a round of 51. Sheedy shot a 52. Conor White came in with a 60, and Mehmedi shot a 61.

Wednesday’s match was the second time the Greyhounds broke the 200 mark this year.

Last Thursday, Naugatuck posted its second win of the season in a 199-211 victory over Seymour at Hop Brook Golf Course.

Sheedy led the way with a medalist round of 43. The rest of the foursome all shot season-best rounds. Monck shot a 46. White hit a 51, and Mehmedi checked in with a 58.

“Sheedy has been playing like the number one that we expected him to be,” said Naugatuck head coach Richard Troy, who is in his first year at the helm. “Monck impressed us early on and has only gotten better — certainly far exceeding expectations.”

The Greyhounds rang up a solid round against Torrington on May 15.

The Greyhounds put up three rounds in the 50s to give the Raiders a run at it with Sheedy leading the way with a 51. Monck came in with a 56 and White added a 57. Josh McFarland landed a 61.

Naugatuck fell to Torrington, 196-225, and to St. Paul, 182-243, the following day, but the Greyhounds’ commitment has remained strong, and it’s paid off.

“A lot of kids, especially White and Mehmedi, have bonded and have been going to play at night well after practice and leagues are over,” Troy said. “That shows a commitment and they work hard with one another challenging each other to be better.”

“Mia Rotatori shot a 51 from the white tees in practice the other day and it’s all coming together for her,” Troy added.

Naugatuck is making strides as the NVL match is quickly approaching. The championship is set for June 1 at the Watertown Country Club.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from the version published in the May 26 edition of the Citizen’s News to include scores through May 24.