Wave has best round in 30 years, best in CT this season
Darien’s best season ever of 2016 is complimented with one glaringly white hot follow-up.
To play a round like this going into the post-season will do a lot for our confidence.
— Tom O'Donnell
As if the Wave’s 13-1 rampage through its schedule, propelled by so many underclassmen, wasn’t enough, scoring its best round in nearly 30 years pins an invisible medal onto another season already up there amongst the best.
“The team’s performance today was the finest regular season round in my 28 years as golf coach at DHS,” said Darien coach Tom O’Donnell of the Wave’s 138-159 victory over St. Joseph at Tashua Knolls on Tuesday, with the former number six-under-par for a four-man team. “Two of the boys — sophomore Blake Swiggett and freshman Alex Gu — each tied the school record for a regular season round with personal best scores of three under par 33 on the same day.”
Gu shot 33, Swiggett 33, senior Brendan Bumgardner 36, Will Wilson 36, Matt Daileader 41.
“Those two outstanding performances were supported by career best rounds of even par 36 by senior Brendan Bumgardner and junior Will Wilson,” O’Donnell said. “Their total of 138 is also the best score in the state so far this season by any team.”
For the Cadets (5-9) it was Tom Flynn with a 38, Andrew Van Etten 38, Matt Lally 41, Jakob DeBroff 42, Chris Raccuia 46.
“To play a round like this going into the post-season will do a lot for our confidence,” said O’Donnell. “But, just like stocks, past performance is no guarantee of future results, so we have to go out and approach each round the same way we did this round, one shot at a time.”