Connor Goode, who recently wrapped up an illustrious golfing career at Glastonbury High School, has committed to play golf at the University of Connecticut.
Over the last six months, Goode was better than good—he was great.
Recently he was the medalist at the Division I golf championship on Oct. 18, shooting a tournament-best 70, winning by three strokes.
Overall, Goode and the Guardians finished the fall season by averaging a state-best 8.78 in competition, and going undefeated in dual meets.
Goode’s success in the fall followed his second place finish, as a junior, at the Division I state championship in the spring. He also won the 80th annual Connecticut Junior Amateur Golf Tournament at the Watertown Golf Club on July 23, defeating 31 of the state’s best young golfers.
“He’s obviously a highly skilled player, but I’m equally proud of how well he represented Glastonbury. He showed great character, sportsmanship, and integrity both on and off the course,” stated GHS head coach Tom Zelek, who added that Goode was undoubtedly the team’s MVP this fall. “I'm looking forward to following him during his time at UConn.”
Goode will be moving on to collegiate golf but said the experience of high school golf is something he’ll never forget, especially his relationship with fellow seniors Charlie Dolan and Nick DiNino.
“The team that we had was special and we made each other better. We had a really competitive team and it was a lot of fun” said Goode, who added that his favorite moment happened as a freshman. “I holed out for eagle and my friend, who was a junior at the time, ran over and tackled me on the fairway. We were going crazy.”
Goode lost and entire high school season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he racked up plenty of accolades during his three seasons, making All-Conference three times, All-State twice, and All-New England this year.
At Storrs, he’ll be joining a Huskies team that is led by longtime coach Dave Pezzino, who was born in North Haven.
Pezzino was a driving force in Goode’s decision to stay in Connecticut.
“Once I got to meet the guys, the decision was pretty clear. I just went with my gut and it felt right,” Good said of his choice. “I thought I’d be a good fit with the team and I really like the coach.”
Goode accomplished basically everything he could in high school and the competition that college represents the natural next step.
“I’m looking forward to playing with the best of the best at the next level,” stated Goode, who is leaning towards a business or business-related field. “Every other golfer is like me at that next level and I’m trying to push myself even further.”
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