ORANGE >> Cheshire senior Chris Simione fell in love with the Race Brook Country Club golf course from playing in Southern Connecticut Conference championships in recent years.
But rather than just play the course once or twice a year, Simione decided to become a member. He finished second in the men’s club championship flight to Notre Dame’s Zach Iannone late last summer.
Simione earned a measure of revenge on Tuesday, shooting a 1-under-par 70 at Race Brook to earn medalist laurels at the SCC championship.
“There are so many good players here. I thought a 70 would be close. I never thought it would win,” said Simione, who will play at Bentley College next year. “I hit some very good iron shots. I knew my day was going to be good.”
Iannone finished second with an even-par 71 and was able to help lead Notre Dame to the team championship, the school’s first since 2001.
“We had high expectations because we wanted to win it the last couple of years. This year, we have a special group,” said Iannone, who will play at UConn.
The Green Knights posted a cumulative total of 315, six strokes better than runners-up Fairfield Prep, Xavier and Hand, the two-time defending champion. Notre Dame plays its home matches at Race Brook, but only on its inner-nine course, not the championship 18 used Tuesday.
“I think the league championship means a lot because our league is as good as there is in the state,” Notre Dame coach Steve Kirck said. “To come here at a great course and be able to put up the number we put up today is a testament to those guys and what they have done all year. They have been great all year. Today was an exclamation point.”
Iannone didn’t make his first par until the seventh hole, but steadied himself to post 71 and earn All-SCC honors for the second straight year.
“He has carried us all year,” Kirck said.
Now Notre Dame will attempt to defend its Division II state championship on June 8 at Crestbrook Park GC in Watertown. The Green Knights shared the crown with New Canaan last year.
Simione birdied holes 5 and 10 and bogeyed 16 in his round of 70.
Andrew Sciarretta of Fairfield Prep, who finished second last year, tied for third with Hand’s Tommy Pellatt. Both shot 2-over 73. Justin Freund (Hand) and A.J. Sanzaro (Xavier) tied for fifth, each shooting a 75.
North Haven’s Rasmey Kong, last year’s SCC medalist and Register Area MVP, shot a 79 in what has been a long season.
“I’ve gained 20-30 yards on my drives and irons, but I can’t control my shots,” Kong said. “I hit it better (Tuesday), but couldn’t get up and down at all. I missed only two fairways, but hit just eight greens.”
Kong, who was the medalist each of the last two years at the Division II meet, said he plans to bypass college next year and concentrate on amateur golf in and around Connecticut.
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Team results: 1. Notre Dame-West Haven, 315; 2 (tie), Fairfield Prep, Hand and Xavier, 321; 5. Cheshire, 328; 6. Amity, 345; 7 (tie) Hamden and Sheehan, 362; 9. Branford, 364.
Chris Simione (Cheshire), 70; Zach Iannone (Notre Dame-West Haven), 71; Andrew Sciarretta (Fairfield Prep), 73; Tommy Pellatt (Hand), 73; Justin Freund (Hand), 75; A.J. Sanzaro (Xavier), 75; Finn Boynton (Notre Dame-West Haven), 79; Rasmey Kong (North Haven), 79; Ben Fazzina (Guilford), 79.