Great individual seasons are measured most by what athletes accomplish during the postseason. You need only look at the plaques Chris Fosdick has compiled to see how good he’s been when the high school golf season means the most.
Fosdick’s postseason run to conclude his junior season at Xavier High particularly stands out. He was a co-medalist in the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament, placed second in the Division I state tournament, won the inaugural State Open title and had another runner-up finish in the New England tournament.
“He had a great year for the regular season, but to me what he did in all the major events is unheard of,” Xavier coach Mike Kohs said. “There were six 18-hole events for Xavier. Chris finished first or second in every single one. That’s an incredibly special season he had.”
All told, Fosdick earned seven plaques for his accomplishments this past season, including the Register’s Area MVP for boys golf for the second time. He was also the MVP in the sport for the Hartford Courant, the team’s MVP and the SCC Division I Player of the Year. He did not earn a plaque for finishing second in Division I.
And Fosdick still feels he could have done better. He wants to be the lone medalist at SCCs next year – and shoot under par at Race Brook Country Club, the host course. He made an ace at Stanley GC during his round at the Division I tournament, but lost out to playing partner Jackson Fretty of Greenwich for medalist laurels.
“I’ve finished top three all three years, but I still haven’t won ,” Fosdick said.
But he was pleased with his 4-under-par round of 67 at the Black Hall Club to win the State Open with Fretty and all of the state’s best at the inaugural tournament.
“For the Open, I wanted to go in and give it a run for everyone’s money and hopefully win. I didn’t know what to expect there,” Fosdick said. “It goes down in the record books that I won the first one.”
Said Kohs: “He bogeyed the first two holes. That didn’t faze him at all. He then made seven birdies to win. I’d say his mental approach to the game is a lot better.”
Fosdick was medalist or co-medalist nine times during the regular season, finishing with an average nine-hole score of 36.1.
Fosdick was also the Register’s Area MVP as a freshman. But back then, he often would get very flustered after a poor shot and it would affect him more than it should.
“He’s matured a lot the last couple of years. He’s come a long way,” Kohs said. “If he hits a poor shot, it doesn’t bother him as much as before. That’s the biggest area where he has improved.”
UConn and Miami of Ohio showed interested in the Middlefield resident, but Fosdick verbally committed to Florida Southern, one of the nation’s premier Division II programs, on Easter Sunday.
“In Florida, you can play year-round while up here, you go months upon months where you can’t play because of snow,” Fosdick said. “I didn’t seem myself getting a better spot than that school. I see it as the best fit for me.”
Fosdick said he is receiving a partial scholarship.
The 17 year old hasn’t stopped winning. He shot a final-round 5-under-par 65 at the Course at Yale to win the Connecticut Junior PGA Championship to qualify for the national event. It’s a chance to win yet another plaque to add to an already-impressive trophy case.