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Staples finishes tied 2nd at Chappa

Varsity - 2010 Season
Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 by Westport News
 The Staples boys golf team's duo of junior captain Kirk Massie and sophomore Austin Alianiello shot a 65 and finished in a three-way tie for second place in the 80-team Chappa tournament at Longshore Country Club on May 27. Suffield's duo of Mike Masso and Andy Mal shot a 64 to win the Chappa tournament.

This was the 41st edition of the Chappa tournament, which was named after the first coach of the Staples boys golf team, Mike Chappa, who died of a heart attack on May 16, 1969, on the 16th hole of Longshore while competing against his son, George. The tournament is a two-man, best-ball format.

"As usual, it was competitive to the end and it was nice to see Staples in it," Wreckers Coach Tom Owen said. "It's one of the favorite formats of the kids. Knowing that Mike is remembered throughout the state as a great coach and humanitarian of high school boys golf is wonderful. It's nice to carry on the tradition. He was not just a great coach, but a teacher and coach. He didn't yell or scream but when he spoke, people listened."

George Chappa, who was the spotter on the fourth tee and gave tips to the competitors, said, "My father was a competitive person in the classroom and on the golf course."

Massie shot par and was especially strong in the front nine, where he was two under par and hit two birdies.

"It's a really fun tournament," Massie said. "I haven't had my best season but I feel my game is where it's needed to be and it's coming together at the right time. I just hit the ball  solidly."

Alianiello, who shot two-over par, and was stronger on the back nine.

"I wasn't playing particularly well but as long as you are putting well, you will score well," he said. "I was lucky enough to play with someone as great as Kirk and I looked up to him for the last two years."

Getting the nod to play with Massie was a big surprise for Alianiello because senior captain Dylan Murray was scheduled to compete. However, Murray played in another tournament and Owen asked Alianiello to take Murray's place.

"I was surprised when I got the call and I thought it was cool to play in it," Alianiello. "I had a lot of fun."

Falling one stroke short of winning isn't easy, but this duo is fine with the result.

"You always want to win, but with all the competition, second is a very good showing," Massie said.

Weston finishes tied for 7th

The Weston boys golf team entered as the two-time defending champion and aimed for a three-peat behind senior captain Jeff Evanier and junior Joe D'Amato. D'Amato and his brother, Bernie, who graduated last year, represented Weston in 2008 while Bernie D'Amato and Evanier represented the Trojans last year.

Evanier and Joe D'Amato shot a 68 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place.

"We would have liked to have won it because we won it two years in a row," Joe D'Amato said. "Overall, we did well, but if I made my putts, we would have won."

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