WATERTOWN >> Windy conditions, a passing rain shower in the morning and hilly fairways resulting in side-hill lies made golfing an adventure at the CIAC Division II Golf Championships at Crestbrook Park GC on Monday.
While tough conditions produced high scores, a pair of North Haven residents handled the conditions well enough to share medalist honors.
North Haven senior Rasmey Kong and Zach Iannone of Notre Dame-West Haven both shot 73. Kong shot a 36-37-73 and Iannone a 37-36-73 over the par-71, 6,492-yard course.
Kong earned medalist honors for the third straight season in the event.
Justin Clark shot a 36-39-75 to lead New Canaan to the team title with 315 points. Notre Dame-West Haven placed second with 324 points, Wethersfield was third with 337 and Hand, led by Justin Freund (43-40-83), was sixth with 340.
Torrington tied for 11th with Woodstock Academy and Guilford with 351 points each.
“We have a friendly rivalry and I’m always trying to beat Rasmey in these events,” Iannone said. “Being co-medalist with him today is a big accomplishment for me. Finishing second in the team event was a little disappointing because we thought we could win. But it’s a good way to go out.
“The wind really picked up on the back nine. There were also some very tough lies. I’ve played here twice before and I never played well. I’m very happy with the way I played today.”
The medalist honor was a pleasant surprise for Kong, last season’s Register All-Area golf MVP, since he has been struggling throughout the season.
“It’s been tough, but the trouble I had during the season was all in my head,” Kong said. “I can hit the ball anywhere I want, but even today I wasn’t striking the ball as well as I can. Conditions were also very tough out there.
“I came in here wanting to win again and be the medalist for the three-peat. I really didn’t have any good holes today, but I was consistent enough to get the 73.”
Notre Dame-West Haven and New Canaan were co-champions last season in the event.
“I thought we had a chance to win the title again coming in here,” Notre Dame-West Haven coach Steve Kirck said. “It was tough out there, but New Canaan was able to get great scores to win. To finish second to them is okay.
“Iannone carried us all year and he did it again today. I personally think he’s the best high school golfer in the state. But everyone on our team did well today.”
In addition to Iannone, Notre Dame was led by Finn Boynton (39-43-82), Alexander Ruxer (40-42-82), Christian Lupoli (43-44-87) and Shane Cleary (50-44-94).
New Canaan coach Bill Brown called himself lucky.
“I am the luckiest coach around to have this hard-working group of players and support of our school,” Brown said. “Our guys are very serious about playing golf. This course was difficult and scores were a bit higher than last year, making 315 a very good score.
“Anytime you can be consistent enough to get scores from 75-82 it helps a lot.”
Leading Torrington was Alex Ledda (41-44-85), Tyler Young (43-46-89), Carson Sparks (44-45-89), Jacob Royer (41-48-89) and Adam LeMothe (44-45-89).
Team scores: 1. New Canaan 315, 2. Notre Dame-West Haven 324, 3. Wethersfield 337, T4. Avon 338, T4. Berlin 338, 6. Hand 340, T7. Bethel 345, T7. Platt 345, 9. Barlow 348, 10. Masuk 350, T11, Torrington, 351, T11. Woodstock Academy 351, T11. Guilford 351, 14. RHAM 355, 15. East Lyme 361, 16. Branford 362, 17. E.O. Smith 371, 18. Foran 378, 19. Stratford 380, 20. North Haven 389.
Individuals: Rasmey Kong (North Haven) 36-37-73, Zach Iannone (Notre Dame-West Haven) 37-36-73, Justin Clark (New Canaan) 36-39-75, Kyle Heibeck (Bethel) 38-39-77, Christopher Tohir (New Canaan) 38-40-78, Christopher Ayers (Wethersfield) 39-39-78, Kyle Finnican (New Canaan) 39-42-81, Elias Litchman (New Canaan) 41-40-81, Brandon Funari (Berlin) 38-43-81, Matthew Bergman (Avon) 38-43-81, Michael Brown (Barlow) 40-41-81, Brett Capone (New Canaan) 43-39-82, Finn Boynton (Notre Dame-West Haven) 39-43-82, Alexander Ruxer (Notre Dame-West Haven) 40-42-82, Ryan Sember (Branford) 38-44-82, Patrick Murphy (Wethersfield) 38-44-82, William Friday (Berlin) 43-39-82, Tom Pellatt (Hand) 43-40-83, Vincent Barone (Wethersfield) 40-43-83, Ethan Bedell (Guilford) 41-42-83, Ryan Black (Woodstock Academy) 41-42-83, Spencer Olson (Bethel) 40-44-84, Justin Freund (Hand) 43-40-83, Matthew Manjos (Masuk) 40-43-83, S. Olson (Bethel) 40-44-84, Dylan DeStefano (Foran) 38-46-84, Jake Oliver (Hand) 39-45-84, Christian Brown (East Lyme) 39-45-84, John Garlock ((Platt) 40-44-84, Adrian Janko (Platt) 39-45-84, Matt Trudeau (E.O. Smith) 43-42-85, Tom Pellatt (Hand) 44-41-85, Tyler Hahn (Avon) 38-47-85, Reilly Haughan (Barlow) 41-44-85, Alex Ledda (Torrington) 41-44-85, Aidan Kellaher (Guilford) 44-43-87, Christian Lupoli (Notre Dame-West Haven) 43-44-87, Nick Waterhouse (Woodstock Academy) 48-40-88, Carter Chapman (Hand) 41-47-88, Cliff Baird (Hand) 43-46-89, K. Heibeck (Bethel) 46-43-89, Dan Harrington (Woodstock Academy) 41-48-89, I. Luongo (Bethel) 46-43-89, Steve Thibault (Guilford) 47-43-90,
For Kong, last season’s Register All-Area golf MVP, it was the third straight year he was a medalist at the event.