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Wreckers take home FCIAC title

Varsity - 2010 Season
Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by Westport News
 For the first time since 1989, the Staples boys golf team rules the FCIAC. Staples captured the FCIAC championship last Thursday by shooting a 294 at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield, beating second-place and tournament-favorite Greenwich (299) -- a team it tied on May 25 -- and six other teams.

"The kids played within themselves and didn't do anything outside their games and didn't do what they couldn't do," Wreckers Coach Tom Owen said.

Senior captain Dylan Murray said, "It feels really good. We wanted to win the FCIAC so badly and it was our top goal."

New Canaan (301) took third and Trumbull (305) was fourth. Trumbull was the only team that beat Staples.

"The best thing that could have happened to us was losing to Trumbull because it put us in our place," Owen said. "We got a little complacent [before losing to Trumbull] and we were looking ahead to Greenwich and FCIACs. We can't go in believing we have it won and we have to bring our best match every day no matter who we are playing."

Murray said, "A couple of our guys got lazy and losing to Trumbull hit them hard. After the loss, they realized they had to get back to work."

Murray shot a 71 to par the course and was especially on top of his game on the front nine where he shot a 34. He was two under par on the front nine and hit two birdies, nailing them on the eighth and ninth holes.

"My putting was the key for me," Murray said. "When I play bad, it's usually because I three-putt or miss short putts. By making short putts, I was able to play well."

He buoyed after birdying the eighth and ninth holes.

"It definitely gave me confidence because I was not hitting anything," Murray said. "I realized I was in a good spot and I was ready to go."

Junior captain Kirk Massie shot a 71 and saved his best for the back nine where he shot a 34. He shot a 37 on the front nine.

"I didn't make any mistakes and I played a consistent solid round," Massie said.

He birdied the 16th and 17th holes. The 16th hole was a par-5 and he sunk an eight-foot putt in birdying the 17th. After making both birdies, he had a good feeling about the team.

"It was clutch," Massie said. "You talk to the kids on the court and it gave us a sense that the birdies gave us the lead. It was nice because I was losing to Greenwich for most of the day and my shots tied Greenwich. As long as we beat the ones we play with, we're in good shape."

Going into the season, Owen wasn't sure who'd be his fourth and fifth golfers behind sophomore Austin Alianiello. In the end, juniors Connor Mahoney and Brian Wolgast and sophomore Sam Shaffer rotated between the three spots.

"There were question marks going in but they came through admirably," Owen said. "I believe they've been instrumental in our success."

Mahoney (36-38-74) had the team's third best score at FCIACs in shooting a 74.

"I played a lot of outside events with Dylan, Andrew Gai and Kirk and I'm used to the experience," Mahoney said.

He birdied the first hole, a par-four, by sinking a 25-foot putt, and the ninth hole.

"It set the tone because it was a long putt and I knew it would be a good day," Mahoney said.

Alianiello (39-39-78) and Wolgast (39-39-78) shot identical scores to round it out for Staples.

"This group of kids did well and they deserve all the credit," Owen said.

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