The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Mohegan Sun to host New England title meet

- By Joe Morelli

The New England high school golf championsh­ip meet will be held at the Mohegan Sun Golf in Baltic on Nov. 1.

An agreement was finalized last week, according to Donn Friedmann, executive director of the Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals’ Associatio­n.

The championsh­ip was held at Bretwood GC in Keene, New Hampshire for 24 years during the spring. It wasn’t held in either 2020 or this past spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“(Bretwood) was quite nice to us. The council voted two years ago to move (the championsh­ip) to the fall this year,” Friedmann said.

Friedmann said they took in many suggestion­s to

move the championsh­ip further south in New England to avoid frost delays — or worse weather-wise — and daylight issues.

Friedmann also said it was a suggestion from Glenn Lungarini, the executive director of the CIAC, to take a look at the Mohegan Sun GC. The Sun hosts the CIAC boys and girls basketball state championsh­ip games annually.

“They were able to meet our needs,” Friedmann said about the Mohegan Sun GC. “It was refreshing to have Phil (Krick Jr., the vicepresid­ent and general manager of the Mohegan Sun GC) say, ‘Anything we can do to promote junior golf.’ It’s something they wanted to do and all of the pieces fell into place.”

Friedmann said the agreement with the Mohegan is just this year, but he hopes things go well enough to continue the partnershi­p.

The top 12 boys and girls from each of the six New England states are eligible. Not all play golf in the fall. The Connecticu­t girls still play in the spring.

Only 51 state boys teams moved from the spring to the fall. Those are the only teams eligible to participat­e. Connecticu­t will send the top three finishers in both the Division I and II state championsh­ip meets on Oct. 18, plus the next six best golfers, to the New England meet.

FCIAC, SWC SWITCH CHAMPIONSH­IP SITES

The FCIAC is moving its league championsh­ip meet from the Black Course at Fairchild Wheeler GC to Silver Spring CC in Ridgefield on Oct. 14.

New Canaan will be looking to defend its team title while Wilton’s Alex Elia looks to duplicate what he did last month: winning a title. Elia, a senior, captured the 52nd Borck Junior Tournament at Silver Spring.

The SWC championsh­ip meet moves from Great River GC to the Black Course at Fairchild Wheeler GC. That meet will be held on Oct. 12. Pomperaug will be looking for its third straight title.

“We are very excited about the opportunit­y for our golfers to play there,” SWC co-commission­er Mark Berkowitz said.

CHAPPA TOURNAMENT RETURNS

Staples golf coach Peter Caligiure confirmed that the Chappa Invitation­al will be held at Longshore GC in Westport on Oct. 7.

Caligiure, who replaced Tom Owen as coach this season, said all of the FCIAC programs are bringing at least one team of two — it’s a best-ball of two format — and some are bringing more than one. Pomperaug, Glastonbur­y and Masuk are also competing.

The Chappa had been normally held on a Thursday in late May each year, but needed to move to the fall, if possible, to coincide with Staples moving its golf season to the fall.

“It was a small struggle to get this done but we are happy it’s going to happen,” Caligiure said.

 ?? Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticu­t Media ?? Alex Elia of Silver Spring Country Club putts on the 13th green during quarterfin­al match play at the 50th Jay Borck Jr. tournament at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield in 2019.
Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticu­t Media Alex Elia of Silver Spring Country Club putts on the 13th green during quarterfin­al match play at the 50th Jay Borck Jr. tournament at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield in 2019.

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