GREENWICH — There’s still plenty of season left, but it has already been pretty special to the Brunswick School golf team.
Two weeks ago, the Bruins won the Hotchkiss Invitational in record-setting fashion and Thursday, they produced a feat they hadn’t accomplished since the 2014 season.
Receiving solid 18-hole rounds from its entire lineup, the Bruins captured their own Brunswick Invitational tournament title, finishing with a five-player team aggregate score of 303 at the historic Round Hill Club.
Like every year, the event featured four premier teams from the area in Brunswick, Greenwich High School, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) and New Canaan at storied Round Hill Club, which tests every golfer’s skills. Bergen Catholic, a top New Jersey team, was the runner-up with a team score of 309. Greenwich, which won the Brunswick Invitational the past two seasons, was third (323), followed by New Canaan (336).
“This is this Brunswick team’s first Brunswick Invitational win, so it means so much to us,” said Bruins senior Connor Belcastro, who will join the golf team at Princeton University in the fall. “It also means a lot to win on our home turf here at Round Hill.”
Senior Charlie Marvin of Brunswick earned medalist honors, carding a 73.
“It was a good round, I made some early birdies, which helped with my confidence a bit,” Marvin said. “I made a lot of putts, they were just dropping today.”
Everything was working for Marvin on Thursday at the challenging course.
“I was striking my drive really well and my irons too,” Marvin said. “It was all clicking for me.”
Consistent throughout, Belcastro carded a 75 on the breezy day.
“It wasn’t a round of highlights, it was a round of staying steady and sticking to routines and just getting the ball in the hole any way possible,” Belcastro said. “Just getting the ball up and around the green is a challenge here. It tests your short game, which is really fun. The way it’s set up, it tests the whole bag.”
Senior Matt Camel, who will play golf at Northwestern University shot a 77 for the Bruins, who like Greenwich, Bergen Catholic and New Canaan, entered the tournament with an undefeated record.
“I played well on the front and I felt like I kind of ran out of energy on the back nine,” Camel said. “But my game is coming together and I am excited for the rest of the season.”
Brunswick set a tournament-record by carding a five-player team score of 182 (nine holes) at the Hotchkiss Invitational two weeks ago.
“Everyone is playing great so far this season and we are having a great time,” Camel said. “I feel like we have one of the best Brunswick teams of all time. I had never won this tournament in my high school career, so it means a lot, especially to our four seniors in the lineup.”
Matty Dzialga shot a 78, while Brunswick teammate Ben Carpenter carded a 79 to also pace the Bruins. For Bergen Catholic, Will Celiberti shot a 75, Brandon Valano finished with a 77 and Charlie Cumming had a round of 78.
Greenwich was led by senior Jackson Fretty, who shot a 75.
“It was kind of a struggle on the greens, but I was hitting it pretty well,” said Fretty, who will continue his golf career at Princeton University. “I was hitting my driver better today, which was something I’ve been struggling with a little. I just couldn’t make too many putts, I had a few birdies here and there, but overall, I hit it okay.”
Like his teammates, Fretty always looks forward to competing in the Brunswick Invitational.
“This is where the season really starts for us,” Fretty said. “It gives us a chance to see where are game measures up against three really good teams. It’s the same format as the postseason, so it gets us in that mindset.”
Tyler Donnellan, a freshman, shot a 79, while senior Billy Nail finished with an 83. Tyler Sudell and senior Ben Ropiak shot an 86 and 87, respectively, for the Cards.
“The course played really tough and it was super windy, but we can’t win every tournament,” Nail said. “It definitely wasn’t our best effort, we know we are better than this and we will definitely be next week at Stanwich.”
The event Nail mentioned was Greenwich’s Invitational, which will take place Thursday at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich. Brunswick is also competing in the event.
“We are looking forward to the Cardinal tournament at Stanwich, another great golf club in the area,” Belcastro said.
Sophomore Sam Ives shot an 81, while senior Gunnar Granito had a round of 82 for New Canaan.