“He is the most accomplished golfer that we’ve had through a high school career,” Xavier coach Mike Kohs said. “We’ve had a number of good players. For all the things he has done in his four years, we haven’t had a kid come through Xavier and do all the things he has done.”
Fretty, who edged out Fosdick for medalist last year, shot 74 to lead the Cardinals’ effort. It was an impressive one at that: all five players shot in the 70s.
“Let’s say par was not 72 today,” said Fretty, who will play at Princeton University. “It was really tough conditions out there. The wind was swirling all over the place. It was a constant guessing game to be honest. … A day like today will really test how well you can focus.”
Santilli realized how special this group could be when they all finished in the top five spots at last Tuesday’s Holahan tournament. In both that event and the FCIACs, all five golfers broke 80.
On Monday, Ben Ropiak and Tyler Donnellan followed Fretty with 75s for Greenwich. Bill Nail posted a 77 and Tyler Sudell shot a 78 — and his score didnt even count toward the final total for the Cardinals.
“I don’t think that has ever happened in coaching here for 20 years,” Santilli said. “I thought it would be very difficult to beat Darien three times. Bottom line, they (Darien) are a great golf team.”
Simsbury finished third (316), followed by New Canaan (317), Xavier (319) and Hamden (324).
Aurora, who is headed to play at Lehigh next fall, was the medalist in this event two years ago under cold and wet conditions at Fairview Farm GC in Harwinton. Aurora will play in Saturday’s Open.
Medalists fare well
New Canaan’s Gunnar Granito, the FCIAC tournament medalist last week at Fairchild Wheeler GC, shot a 75 to lead the Rams to a third-place finish. Fairfield Prep’s Will Mallek, the SCC medalist last week at Race Brook CC, was Prep’s low man again with a 76.
“Statistically, (the 2012 (team that won the Division I championship) had five Division I golfers. But I might have give the edge to this group for what they just did, not one postseason score in the 80s.” –Greenwich coach Jeff Santilli comparing the 2012 and 2019 Division I state championship teams.
Division I Boys Golf championships
(at Timberlin GC, par 72)
1. Greenwich +13 301; 2. Darien +23 311; 3. Simsbury +28 316; 4. New Canaan +29 317; 5. Xavier +31 319; 6. Hamden +36 324; 7. Fairfield Warde +37 325; T8. Staples +38 326; T8. Southington +38 326; 10. Hall +43 331; 11. Ridgefield +44 332;l T12. Fairfield Prep +45 333; T12. Wilton +45 333; 14. Fairfield Ludlowe +49 337; 15. Trumbull +50 338; 16. Glastonbury +51 339; 17. South Windsor +54 342; 18. Manchester +58 346; 19. Shelton +60 348; 20. Conard +65 353
Chris Fosdick (Xavier), 70; Alex Aurora (Hamden), 73; Alex Gu (Darien), 73; Jackson Fretty (Greenwich), 74; Tyler Donnellan (Greenwich), 75; Ben Ropiak (Greenwich), 75; James Bosworth (Simsbury), 75; Gunnar Granito (New Canaan), 75; Christian Homa (Fairfield Warde), 76; Alex Elia (Wilton), 76; Will Mallek (Fairfield Prep), 76; Henry Sparkman (Darien), 76; Colin Cusa (Staples) 77; Kevin Morris (Hamden), 77; Jared Walter (South Windsor), 77; Michael DeRienzo (Pomperaug), 77; William Nail (Greenwich), 77;