Following its best season ever in 2016, this spring was unavoidably going to be a tall order on the course.
But that order is looking shorter all the time.
The team is young and inexperienced, but there are players in all four grades with potential.
— Tom O’Donnell
“We had a great start to the 2017 season,” said Darien veteran coach Tom O’Donnell, with the Wave at 5-0. “We graduated four very talented seniors, but we have a lot of serious competition on the team for those varsity spots this season.”
On April 18 the Wave beat Wilton 163-180 at Rolling Hills led by medalist Blake Swiggett, a sophomore.
Darien freshman Henry Sparkman shot 39.
Seniors, Will Wilson shot 39, Jack Campbell 45, Brian Peters 49.
The Wave defeated Westhill 166-183 at Country Club of Darien on April 19.
Co-medalists Wilson, Swiggett and freshman Calvin Smith all shot 41.
Matt Daileader, a sophomore, shot 43, and freshman Jackson Bell shot 45.
Freshman Alex Gu fired a 35 for medalist to lead the Wave to a 157-175 win over Fairfield Ludlowe at Smith Richardson on April 20.
Dante Lancellotti shot 37, Brendan Bumgardner 42, Swiggett 42, Wilson 44.
“Eleven different players participated in our first three varsity matches,” O’Donnell said. “The team is young and inexperienced, but there are players in all four grades with potential and we hope to improve steadily throughout the season and have a chance to be competitive in the post season.”
Darien carried on in just such a fashion shooting 158 to get by Warde (198) and Danbury (201) at Wee Burn on Monday.
Medalist Swiggett led Darien with a 38.
Wilson had a 39, Bell 39, Calvin Smith 42, Peters 43.