KENSINGTON — Chris Fosdick has had quite the decorated high school golf career.
SCC medalist three times. State Open medalist. Also a medalist many times over during his four-year career at Xavier. There was just one thing missing from his impressive resume: CIAC Division I medalist.
Fosdick took care of that on Monday. He shot a 2-under-par 70 at Timberlin Golf Club. He was the only player to shoot under par at the Division I championship meet.
“Four years combined I’ve been 9-under in states and didn’t win until today individually, so it feels good,” Fosdick said. “My Dad was talking about it this morning that I needed to win today.”
Greenwich completed a perfect CIAC season — winning every regular-season match, pulling off the three-peat in FCIACs, then defending its team championship at Division I with a cumulative total of 301.
The Cardinals’ total was 10 strokes better than runner-up and FCIAC rival Darien.
“To shoot 301 in this wind is very impressive and you know what? They battled,” Greenwich coach Jeff Santilli said. “The pressure was on the other teams to come chase us.”
Said senior Jackson Fretty: “It means everything to leave this kind of legacy, going back to back. It hasn’t set in yet to what we have accomplished. I’m really proud of our team and the way we kind of top to bottom hung in there today.”
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Fosdick was three strokes better than Darien’s Alex Gu and Hamden’s Alex Aurora under windy conditions — similar to what the wind was like last Tuesday at the Southern Connecticut Conference meet, albeit warmer and sunny.
“I usually play well in the wind,” Fosdick said. “I use blades that helps you control your ball flight. The last couple of weeks, my ball-striking hasn’t been very good and today it wasn’t that great, but I kind of scrambled. At this course, you can’t really force birdies, you have to let it happen and minimize the damage.”
Fosdick, who will play at Florida Southern next fall, birdied three holes (holes 8, 10 and 12) en route to the 70. He qualified again for the State Open, which will be held Saturday at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme. Fosdick won’t be back to defend his title – he flies out on Saturday to play in the American Junior Golf Association’s Wyndham Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“He is the most accomplished golfer that we’ve had through a high school career,” Xavier coach Mike Kohs said. “We’ve had a number of good players. For all the things he has done in his four years, we haven’t had a kid come through Xavier and do all the things he has done.”
Fretty, who edged out Fosdick for medalist last year, shot 74 to lead the Cardinals’ effort. It was an impressive one at that: all five players shot in the 70s.
“Let’s say par was not 72 today,” said Fretty, who will play at Princeton University. “It was really tough conditions out there. The wind was swirling all over the place. It was a constant guessing game to be honest. … A day like today will really test how well you can focus.”
Santilli realized how special this group could be when they all finished in the top five spots at last Tuesday’s Holahan tournament. In both that event and the FCIACs, all five golfers broke 80.
On Monday, Ben Ropiak and Tyler Donnellan followed Fretty with 75s for Greenwich. Bill Nail posted a 77 and Tyler Sudell shot a 78 — and his score didnt even count toward the final total for the Cardinals.
“I don’t think that has ever happened in coaching here for 20 years,” Santilli said. “I thought it would be very difficult to beat Darien three times. Bottom line, they (Darien) are a great golf team.”
Simsbury finished third (316), followed by New Canaan (317), Xavier (319) and Hamden (324).
Aurora, who is headed to play at Lehigh next fall, was the medalist in this event two years ago under cold and wet conditions at Fairview Farm GC in Harwinton. Aurora will play in Saturday’s Open.
Medalists fare well
New Canaan’s Gunnar Granito, the FCIAC tournament medalist last week at Fairchild Wheeler GC, shot a 75 to lead the Rams to a third-place finish. Fairfield Prep’s Will Mallek, the SCC medalist last week at Race Brook CC, was Prep’s low man again with a 76.
“Statistically, (the 2012 (team that won the Division I championship) had five Division I golfers. But I might have give the edge to this group for what they just did, not one postseason score in the 80s.” –Greenwich coach Jeff Santilli comparing the 2012 and 2019 Division I state championship teams.
Division I Boys Golf championships
(at Timberlin GC, par 72)
1. Greenwich +13 301; 2. Darien +23 311; 3. Simsbury +28 316; 4. New Canaan +29 317; 5. Xavier +31 319; 6. Hamden +36 324; 7. Fairfield Warde +37 325; T8. Staples +38 326; T8. Southington +38 326; 10. Hall +43 331; 11. Ridgefield +44 332;l T12. Fairfield Prep +45 333; T12. Wilton +45 333; 14. Fairfield Ludlowe +49 337; 15. Trumbull +50 338; 16. Glastonbury +51 339; 17. South Windsor +54 342; 18. Manchester +58 346; 19. Shelton +60 348; 20. Conard +65 353
Chris Fosdick (Xavier), 70; Alex Aurora (Hamden), 73; Alex Gu (Darien), 73; Jackson Fretty (Greenwich), 74; Tyler Donnellan (Greenwich), 75; Ben Ropiak (Greenwich), 75; James Bosworth (Simsbury), 75; Gunnar Granito (New Canaan), 75; Christian Homa (Fairfield Warde), 76; Alex Elia (Wilton), 76; Will Mallek (Fairfield Prep), 76; Henry Sparkman (Darien), 76; Colin Cusa (Staples) 77; Kevin Morris (Hamden), 77; Jared Walter (South Windsor), 77; Michael DeRienzo (Pomperaug), 77; William Nail (Greenwich), 77;