GHS golfers (from left) Zachary Durant, Dylan Goode, Mike Litke, Gavin Kvadus, Derek Thomas, and head coach Tom Zelek after the Guardians finished as the runner-up at the Division I State Championships on Oct. 24.
Glastonbury High School boys golf wrapped up one of the program’s most successful seasons, placing as the runner-up at the Division I State Championships on Oct. 24.
Playing in picturesque conditions at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, the Guardians posted a championship-worthy score of 295, finishing behind only Fairfield Prep (287).
Glastonbury's score was the third-lowest score in nearly 100 years for a team that didn’t bring home the championship trophy. According to the CIAC State Championship records, since 1931 a team score of 295 has only been beaten three other times, across all four divisions combined.
“I couldn’t be happier and prouder of the team after posting a team score that would have easily won in most any other year,” GHS head coach Tom Zelek stated. “Regardless that they were playing under the pressure of the State Championship, they rose to the occasion and performed amazingly.”
Senior captain Gavin Kvadus led GHS with a (-1) 70, shooting an eagle on 16, while adding a birdie and 14 pars. Kvadus finished fourth overall – behind three players tied for first – out of the 84 total golfers.
Junior Derek Thomas shot a (+1) 72, sinking a pair of birdies and adding 13 pars, to finish 7th overall. Mike Litke shot a 73, draining four birdies, finishing 10th and Zach Durant rounded out the Guardians scoring by posting an 80.
Along with winning a team title, Fairfield Prep’s Caden Piselli and Robby Rosati each shot a 68 to tie Will Gregware of Conard High School atop the individual leaderboard.
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