New Canaan repeats as FCIAC boys golf champion

RIDGEFIELD — It’s only been a little more than four months since the last FCIAC boys golf championship meet was held and at a different venue.

But New Canaan still reigned supreme.

The Rams successfully defended its league championship, posting a cumulative total of 316 at Silver Spring Country Club Thursday.

“To beat the quality of these teams is amazing,“ New Canaan coach Bill Brown said. “I always say that the FCIAC is the toughest league in the state in most sports, including golf. To win the championship is just fantastic.”

Wilton’s Alex Elia fired a 1-over-par 72 to earn medalist laurels on his home course. He had to curl in a downhill putt for par on the 18th hole in the growing darkness to win.

Elia is the FCIAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. His round helped Wilton finish second, three strokes behind New Canaan.

“I’m ecstatic about it. This is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here. To be able to have some hardware to show for it is definitely sweet,” said Elia, a southpaw. “I was just trying to make the putt, get it in the bottom of the cup. I wasn’t really thinking about what it was for.”

It’s been a fine stretch of golf for the Wilton senior. Elia won the Borck Junior this summer, also held at Silver Spring CC.

“The Borck definitely helped me because of similar conditions with the greens and the course overall,” Elia said. “It was the same wind direction, same everything. The greens were firm and fast. It was tough out there.”

New Canaan won last season’s championship, the final one played during the spring season. It was held at the Fairchild Wheeler GC Black Course.

The FCIAC programs were among the 51 schools that moved its boys golf programs to the fall season. That also included the SWC, the Berkshire League and half of the CCC.

Sam Funk was the low man for New Canaan on Thursday, shooting a 73. Marc DeGaetano was next best with a 79.

“The greens were fast and the rough was thick,” Brown said. “I know the guys weren’t too happy on the front nine, everybody except for Sam. I told them to hang in there. They did a great job of it.”

Charles Schrohe of Greenwich, who shared medalist laurels last season, nearly holed out for an eagle on the 18th hole. His tap-in birdie also gave him a 73 to help Greenwich place third (323).

Staples (328) and Darien (329) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Eight players broke 80.; @nhrJoeMorelli


(at Silver Spring CC, par 71)

Team results: 1. New Canaan 316; 2. Wilton, 319; 3. Greenwich, 323; 4. Staples 328; 5. Darien 329; 6. Fairfield Ludlowe 334; 7. Ridgefield 335; 8. St. Joseph 338.

Individual results: Alex Elia (Wilton), 72; Charles Schrohe (Greenwich), 73; Sam Funk (New Canaan), 73; Preston Hidy (Darien), 74; Thomas Rogozinski (Wilton), 77; Sebastian Beaver (Ridgefield), 78; Andrew Flynn (St. Joseph), 79; Marc DeGaetano (New Canaan), 79; Harrison Browne (Staples), 80; Ben Epes (Staples), 80; Ryan Grady (Fairfield Ludlowe), 80; Sean Watchmaker (New Canaan), 81; Tyler Bauer (Fairfield Ludlowe), 81; Preston Yao (Darien), 81; Owen Duda (Greenwich), 81; Luke Seamen (Greenwich), 82; Robbie Sluga (St. Joseph), 83; Cullen McCarthy (New Canaan), 83; Pierce Theissen (Fairfield Ludlowe), 83; Taylor Pinkernell (New Canaan), 84; Stephen Padilla (Wilton), 84; Chase Hynes (Staples), 84; Evan Trock (Staples), 84; Sean Maue (Ridgefield), 84; Nick Swendsen, Ridgefield, 85; Hunter Hagmann (Wilton), 86; JT Spadone (Greenwich), 87; Peter McLean (Darien), 87; Brett Richards (Darien), 87; Porter Barnett (Darien), 88; Vincent Carr (Ridgefield), 88; Anthony Jaccozzi (St. Joseph), 88; Colin Firda (St. Joseph), 88; Eli Ackerman (Wilton), 89.