Links duels pit Green Wave, Spartan golfers
Published 7:50 pm, Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Precious few times do old-time rivals New Milford and Shepaug Valley high school sports teams square off in athletic competition.
Back in the day, as older folks would say, meetings of NMHS and then-Washington High School squads were highlight dates for both schools.
One of the few such contemporary occurrences transpired recently on a pair of area golf courses as the Green Wave and Spartans links crews matched skills in non-league, home-and-away dates.
In the first meeting, coach Jim Mullin's deeper NMHS squad outplayed coach Al Ciarlo's young Region 12 golfers, 168-213, May 16 at Candlewood Valley Country Cub.
The highlight of the nine-hole round were matching 37s over CVCC's difficult back side by Green Wave senior standout Julian Mondonedo and talented Spartan sophomore Mia Landegren.
NMHS' Charlie Maizel excelled, too, while playing in the same group, with his four-over-par 39.
The Green Wave emerged on top, 178-202, in a May 24 rematch at Lake Waramaug Country Club.
Mia Landegren was unable to play that match due to a prior commitment to play in a qualifier for the United States Women's Open.
In her stead, coach Ciarlo received solid efforts from Zach Krin with a 45 and Ross McKay with 48. Spencer Ylagan and first-year player Carson Scovin contributed respectively with 51 and 58.
The Green Wave closed the book on its regular season May 25 by outplaying Bunnell, 181-196, at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford. That victory allowed the NMHS links squad to climax a comeback from a 1-6 start to finish 8-8 overall.
Julian Mondonedo has ranked as coach Mullin's top player all season, several times turning in cards in the 30s.
Coach Mullin's team was slated to send a two-person team May 26 to the Chappa Memorial at Longshore Club in Westport.
The Green Wave was to conclude its campaign Tuesday in the South-West Conference tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury.
Through the second match vs. New Milford, the Spartans owned a 5-11 record in the Berkshire League and a 9-16 overall ledger.
Mia Landegren challenged for laurels as the top player in the Berkshire League this spring, capping her regular season with consecutive rounds of 37, 36 and 37.
Still to be contested for the Spartans were a May 25 tri-match vs. Thomaston and Wamogo at Stonybrook golf course in Litchfield, the Chappa on May 26 and the May 31 Berkshire tournament at Fairview Farm in Harwinton.