Golf: Notre Dame-West Haven, New Canaan share CIAC Division II title

North Haven's Rasmey Kong won the individual Division II state champion for the second year in a row after shooting a 4-under par.

North Haven’s Rasmey Kong won the individual Division II state champion for the second year in a row after shooting a 4-under par.
Pete Paguaga – Register Citizen

HARWINTON >> For the second year in a row North Haven’s Rasmey Kong walked away as the individual Division II state champion, after he shot a 4-under-par 68at Fairview Farms in Harwinton on Wednesday.

“I told myself don’t do anything stupid,” said Kong a junior. “Just put the ball in play, my ball striking was on the dime and the greens were great.”
Even though it is Kong’s second state title, he did manage a rare first.

Slideshow: Division II State Championship

“I made an albatross, double eagle, on the sixth hole, it was my first one,” Kong said proudly.

On his second shot on the par-5, Kong went with a 5-iron from 190-yards away, and after he struck it he watched the ball the whole way and when he lost sight of it, he was sure he had sunk it.

“My coach (Stephen Feuring) was there and I turned around and told him that I thought it went in the hole,” Kong said. “As I walked to the hole, I looked past the hole didn’t see it, and Coach looked in the hole. His reaction was out of this world

The team title went to both Notre Dame-West Haven and New Canaan after both teams posted a score of 306, making them co-champions.

The reason they did not go to a playoff was because for the first time in a boys golf state championship, they went with a shotgun start, where the players, 24 foursomes and two threesomes, all started at the same time from different holes and the CIAC golf committee didn’t have a playoff format in place for a shotgun start.

Notre Dame-West Haven's Eric Austin led the way fro the Green Knights shooting a 73 to help them clinch a share of the Division II title, the schools first golf title in school history. Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

Notre Dame-West Haven’s Eric Austin led the way fro the Green Knights shooting a 73 to help them clinch a share of the Division II title, the schools first golf title in school history.
Pete Paguaga – Register Citizen

Eric Austin, who led the Green Knights, shooting a 73 knew his team would have a chance.

“We knew we would be in the hunt if we all played well, we had a chance,” said Austin, who finished his round strong. “I had a couple of bad holes, going into 15, I birdied and then parred the rest of the way.”

This is the first ever state championship for the Green Knights, who now have 30 total state titles.

“I told the guys, you don’t get to do something for the first time that often, especially at our school,’” Green Knights head coach Steve Kirck said. “This is something they can talk about for the rest of their lives. I am so proud of these guys.”

For the Rams they finally got back to the top of Division, after winning in 2011 and finishing in second behind Hand the past two seasons.

“I’ll gladly take it, we haven’t played consistent all year,” Rams head coach Bill Brown said. “Amazing the best golf we played was today.”

Hand, the two-time defending champions, came in sixth along with Wethersfield with a score of 318.

“We did alright, these guys played well, a couple of 80s, but we had to have a good fourth score and we didn’t,” Hand coach Jim Holleran said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. We had a nice run.”

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