DARIEN — The modern era golf dynasty marches on in the city of Stamford.
The Westhill High School boys golf team captured its seventh consecutive Stamford City Golf Championship Thursday at the 2019 Brian L. Fitzpatrick Memorial Tournament at Woodway Country Club.
The event, where Westhill, Stamford High and Trinity Catholic High compete over 18 holes for the City Championship with the best four out of five scores count for each side, was played in truly seasonal golf weather on the historic and challenging par-71 Woodway CC layout.
Westhill finished the afternoon with a score of 344 to outdistance Stamford High (415) and Trinity Catholic (490) for the team title.
It was the 36th edition of the Brian L. Fitzpatrick Memorial Tournament, sponsored by the Stamford Police Association. The annual event honors the late Brian Fitzpatrick, who was a Stamford policeman and renown amateur golfer in Stamford who passed away much too soon.
Fitzpatrick spent many hours on many days playing golf at Woodway Country Club with one of his best friends, former longtime Woodway golf pro Mike Ballo Sr.
Playing in the No. 1 position Thursday for Stamford High was sophomore Brian Somody, a grandson of Brian L. Fitzpatrick.
“It’s great to play at a historic golf course like Woodway. It means the world to play in my grandfather’s tournament,” Somody said. “I’ve played in it the past two years. And I look forward to competing in it the next two years. I’d love to win it (medalist honors) before my high school golf career is done.”
Woodway Head of Outside Operations Kevin Winslow was again the perfect host for the match played from the white tees. Conditions got windy over the final five holes but sunshine ruled the day.
And Westhill retained possession of the tourney’s victory plaque.
“It’s great to be able to build a dynasty,” said Westhill senior captain Jared Goldstein, who shot 83. “To have won the city championship in all four of my years on the team, and to win it on a wonderful course like Woodway, is an honor.”
Fellow Westhill senior Rishi Jaaswal birdied the 400-yard, par-4 16th hole to provide the margin to win medalist honors with an 82.
“To win the city title is a testament to the hard work we put in,” Jaaswel said. “I got into a good rhythm over the last seven holes. I had good drives and my par putts started dropping. On No. 16, I hit my longest drive of the day (285 yards). I hit a 7-iron to eight-to-nine feet and made the putt.”
Sophomore Benji Fuchs (87) and junior Dom Civitano (92) completed Westhill’s top four.
Freshman Neil Gawande (100), playing the No. 4 slot, paced Stamford. Trinity Catholic had two girls — juniors Maggie Carlon and Sophie Thompson — compete. Andrew Ellis (91, birdie on the 162-yard, par-3 12th hole) paced the Crusaders.
“It was a great experience. It was the first time I played 18 holes. I did get tired on the back nine,” Trinity Catholic’s Maggie Carlon said. “I learned a lot watching my partners (Westhill’s Goldstein, SHS’ Somody). I’d love to play again next year after working on my game this summer.”