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Week of May 13: Up-and-down week for boys golf team

The Woodstock Academy boys golf team went into an early week showdown with East Lyme with high hopes.

They had lost to the Vikings by only seven strokes at the Old Lyme Country Club earlier in the season and by just two strokes in the 18-hole Wildcat Invitational in Norwich.

So when the two met on the Centaurs’ home course at Quinnatisset Country Club, the thoughts were there for a win and a tie for the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I regular season title.

Unfortunately, those thoughts did not materialize.

The Vikings had other ideas.

They finished with a 148-stroke total and a 7-0 win.

“East Lyme has an excellent team this year with some good young players being led by a couple of more seasoned players.  Looking at a loss to their squad who put up its best team score in 18 years, and we still held with them and only missed the winning by 12, is reasonable,” Woodstock Academy coach Rich Garceau said.

It was close throughout the five matches, none of which were determined by more than five strokes.

Logan Rawson carded an even-par 36 but still lost by a stroke to Tyler Moore.

Donny Sousa (39) and Brady Hebert (44) were each downed by four strokes and both Aidan O’Connor (43) and Abdullah Choudhry lost by five.

“I expected East Lyme to be the team to beat in the division and ECC as a whole and I still think that but we managed to hang with them (in the earlier matches) so I am disappointed that we didn’t quite put it all together at the same time but overall I am pleased with our play this year,” Garceau said.

The loss may have affected the Centaurs a bit later in the week.

They traveled to the Norwich Golf Course and suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Norwich Free Academy.

The match was played in less than ideal conditions with rain and wind greeting the golfers.

I think (Thursday’s)match against NFA started with a bit of a mental letdown after being eliminated from contention to tie for the divisional title with the loss to East Lyme earlier in the week, plus the weather conditions at the Norwich Golf Course were the most difficult we have seen this season and I think we struggled to fully embrace the cold and wet conditions,” Garceau said.

Rawson had his troubles early, rallied to hold it at a 44 and picked up one of the team’s points as he defeated the Wildcats’ Nick Wigfield by a stroke.

O’Connor wrapped up the other victory, also with a 44, but the Centaurs lost by seven strokes as a team 167-174.

In between, the Centaurs did pick up their 10th win in 14 matches with a 7-0 win over Fitch Wednesday at Quinnatisset.

Rawson had one of his best outings of the season as he finished with a 2-under part 34 and Sousa was close behind with a 1-over par 37.

O’Connor, Nick Sivertsen and Troy Daviau also scored victories for Woodstock Academy.

“The Fitch team is not quite as good as they have been in the past and is in a rebuilding year as they are developing some young players too, who look to bring some potential to the next few seasons,” Garceau said.

It leaves the Centaurs with just two matches in the final week and a half of competition before the ECC Championship.

That means, potentially, a couple of much-needed practice sessions.

“Since our golf courses opened in mid-April, every week we have had more matches than practices dates,” Garceau said. “Matches are fun but at times, you need to step back and evaluate your game and work on fundamentals.  That is where we are right now and have not had much of an opportunity to do that this year.  Monday and Tuesday practice rounds and range time is what we need right now so I hope the weather plays nice next week and we get to make the most of our two days of “down time”.