Most of the areas boys’ golfers will compete in the fall. Several Central Connecticut Conference, which previously competed in the spring, have decided to make the switch in an effort to improve play and allow more opportunities for the players. Girls’ golf will continue to be played in the spring.
Wethersfield, who finished 9th in conference play in the spring and graduated all-conference golfers Vincent Milluzzo and Ethan Sitler, along with Newington and Rocky Hill have begun playing golf this week.
Glastonbury head coach Tom Zelek, whose team finished second in the conference in the spring, said this on the switch, “Many coaches were of the opinion that golf should move to the fall from being a spring sport. Because of the weather in the fall, the hope is to get more playing time because courses will be open as soon as we are able to start. Often in the spring because of a tough winter the courses open late which limits the time we can have on the course. Moving to the fall means the courses would be in great shape and also the players would be in top form as they have been playing all summer. Another reason was the hope that more players would be trying out for teams to help grow high school golf programs because many towns have seen numbers dwindle in recent years. The downside to the fall switch is that smaller schools would likely have a harder time fielding a team and so some decided to not make the change. Some athletes may also have to decide which sport they want to play if they have a conflict while others may now be able to play because of the change. Talking with coaches in our area has shown their numbers are indeed up and scores have been better.”
Cromwell, who returning all-conference player Jack Wise, will continue to compete in the spring. Wise, who will be a junior, surprised last season by finished with a share of the Division III state title.
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