The Southern Connecticut Conference have a number of teams that has an elite golfer at the top of its rotation.
All of them performed admirably well throughout the regular season, starting with Xavier’s Chris Fosdick, a two-time medalist for the league tournament and also a two-time Area MVP for the Register.
Continue with Will Mallek from Fairfield Prep, Alex Aurora from Hamden, Tommy Rosati from Notre Dame-West Haven and Matt Doyle from Hand. It made it a tight race for the Division I regular-season title for the SCC. Prep ended up on top.
“We’ve got a league where many teams have a very good No. 1,” Fairfield Prep coach Robert Bernier said. “There usually is that one kid who goes low. This year, there are five teams and you can add in (Kyle) St. Pierre at Shelton. Now it comes down to who is your No. 2, who is your No. 3, will your No. 4 go low in a tournament? Whomever’s 3 or 4 goes low wins the SCC.”
The golfers will get a chance to go low on Tuesday morning when the SCC tournament reconvenes at Race Brook Country Club in Orange. Last year, Xavier won the team title for the second time in three years.
“With Chris Fosdick and Kevin Lynch at the top of our lineup, we do have a great opportunity to defend our title,” Xavier coach Mike Kohs said. “We will certainly need more consistent play from our 3-5 positions to have a chance to defend. I think the SCC is as strong and deep as it’s been in a long time with a number of very good teams.”
Last year, Fosdick shared medalist laurels with Mallek. Both golfers tied for second in 2017.
Both Bernier and Kohs praised Hand, which may be the deepest of all the teams. It starts with Doyle and Jake Bennett at the top.
“I think Hand goes into the conference tournament as the favorite with four players having sub four differentials,” Kohs said. “But us, Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame are pretty close behind and even Hamden and Shelton, among others, have solid teams.”
Race Brook CC will provide a stern test. While Notre Dame-West Haven plays its home matches at the facility, those are held on the Inner Nine, not the championship course, which measures over 6,500 yards and plays to a par 71.
While that may not seem terribly long, golfers will need to be accurate and have a solid short game on Race Brook’s challenging greens — not to mention playing an 18-hole match versus playing nine holes throughout the regular season.
“Race Brook’s length from the back tees is kind of a culture shock,” Bernier said. “It won’t bother the No.1, but the 3, 4 and 5 kids at schools are not used to playing such length. Then throw in the greens with the subtle breaks, it is a great test. That’s the way it is supposed to be.”
The SCC tournament is a shotgun start beginning at 9 a.m.