Talk about a successful day at the golf course.
Greenwich High School’s boys golf team left coach Jeff Santilli speechless after its performance at the Hap Holohan Invitational Tuesday at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
Freshman Tyler Donnellan won the tournament by shooting a 73 and his Cardinals teammates placed second to fifth, respectively. That’s right, the top five finishers were from Greenwich at the Hap Holohan Invitational, which featured several players from each FCIAC squad.
“I’ve been coaching for 20 years and that’s never been done before at this tournament, where one team has the top five finishers,” Santilli said. “For us, it was as close to a perfect day of golf as you can get. It gives us momentum going into the FCIAC Tournament.”
Greenwich, which has won the FCIAC Tournament the past two seasons and five times since the 2012 season, received five impressive rounds from its competitors on Tuesday.
Donnellan continued his standout first season on the squad. He finished his winning round by holing birdie putts on the 17th and 18th holes. Senior Jackson Fretty, who shot a 74, also birdied Nos. 17 and 18.
“Our goal was to just go out and have a fun day of golf at Woodway and look what we accomplished,” Santilli said. “No one has seen that happen before, I’m speechless. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Fretty was named the MVP of the FCIAC for Greenwich, which is also the defending Division I state champion. Senior Billy Nail received the FCIAC Coaches Award.
Junior Tyler Sudell tied Fretty for second place by carding a 74 at Woodway on Tuesday, while Nail and fellow senior Ben Ropiak each shot a solid 75.
“Nail is at his best in terms of ball-striking,” Santilli said. “He hit it crisp all day and had a good, solid round. Ben has really been playing well the past few weeks and like Billy and Jackson, he’s provided great senior leadership.”
Following the top five finishers from the Cardinals, Darien’s Alexander Gu shot a 77 and Thomas Ostberg finished with a 79. Up next for Greenwich is the FCIAC Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Fairchild Wheeler on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
“Our team is motivated, I expect them to be mentally prepared,” Santilli said. “There is going to be a field of very strong players at FCIACs and it should be a competitive tournament. Any team could have a great day of golf.”