WATERTOWN — The Naugatuck and Woodland golf teams entered the NVL championships with hopes of capturing the crown. Despite missing out on title, the Greyhounds and Hawks finished the year off strong on the links.
Naugatuck took home sixth place under head coach Craig Blanchard at the NVL championships held at Crestbrook Country Club in Watertown. The Hawks finished right behind the Greyhounds at seventh place.
“We had a good season,” Blanchard said. “We had four seniors leading the way in captains Tim Fleck and Mike Leona along with Aaron Johnson and Collin Waldron. We did defeat Watertown during the regular season by six shots and had awesome rounds from Johnson with a 41 and Nick Tribanas who got his first medalist honors shooting a 40.”
Wolcott took the top honors at the championships with a team score of 323. Watertown and Holy Cross finished tied for second shooting a 333. Naugatuck shot a 382, as Woodland posted a 384.
Johnson led the way for Naugatuck with a 94, followed by Tribanas with a 95, Fleck at 96, Leona at 97 and Waldron with a 108.
“We played Wolcott during the regular season and lost by eight strokes,” Blanchard said. “Even in the loss Fleck was outstanding shooting a 38 to keep us in the match. Tim closed out the regular season shooting a par 36 against Crosby and won all division (Copper) honors in the NVL.”
The Hawks under head coach Ross Cooper fell two shoots off the pace of the Greyhounds in the NVL championships. Anthony Memoli led the Hawks with an 85 at the championships, just missing out on top ten honors.
Falling in behind Memoli for Woodland was Mike Segala with a 92, Pat O’Dell with a 98, Andrew O’Dell with a 109 and Matt Greggis with a 115.
With this season in the books, Blanchard took a moment to look ahead to next year.
“We will have a solid group back next year led by captains Tribanas and Matt Schumacher, along with Ty Sounanthanum, Brendon Waldron, Jordan Bronko and Dan Capone.” Blanchard said. “I think next year will definitely be a challenge for us. We have some critical matches against Wolcott, Watertown and St. Paul and they will all be at their place so we will have our work cut out for us.”