By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Golf on the scholastic level in the Mum City is certainly competitive and always entertaining.
And each program in Bristol is still growing.
Each team has a featured linksman and expect competitive battles for all three of the squads.
In fact, two of the teams from Bristol (Central and Eastern) square off on Monday, May 2 and once again on Wednesday, May 25.
Here’s a quick look at all three teams from the area:
BRISTOL CENTRAL GOLF
Head Coach: Tim Barrette
Last Season: 10-4, third place in the CCC South
Key Subtractions: Bobby Roberge, Nate Strom; Brendan Schaftrick
Players to Watch: Zach Aldieri (sr.); Trevor O’Neil (sr.); Isaac Talbot (sr.); Cameron Reed (jr.); Dom Kluk (jr.); Preston Akerley (so.); Jacob Nelson (so.); Josh Blasi (fr.); Jack Monckton (fr.).
Outlook: Expect a big season from senior Zach Aldieri as the golfer is certainly one of the best in town at the scholastic level.
Junior Cameron Reed was also a major contributor and his score of 98 helped the Rams to the Greger Cup last season.
Two other seniors, Trevor O’Neil and Isaac Talbot should be on the scorecard most matches while junior Dom Kluk will also take his shots on the green.
Underclassmen for the Rams also includes sophomores Preston Akerley and Jacob Nelson along with freshmen Josh Blasi and Jack Monckton.
Bristol Central tees off from the Pequabuck Golf Club in Bristol.
Scheduled matches for the Rams in Bristol includes Newington (Thursday, April 20), Wethersfield (Wednesday, May 4) and rival Plainville (Wednesday, May 18). All matches commence at 3 p.m. unless noted.
BRISTOL EASTERN GOLF
Head Coach: Greg Boulanger
Last Season: 3-9 overall; 3-6 CCC South
Key Subtractions: Ryan Cassin; Cam Leary
Players to Watch: Zach Ferland (jr.); Nick Jones (so.); Alex McMahon (so.); Brendan McMahon (so.); Kelsea Wyrebek (so.).
Outlook: The Lancers overall have a young squad and it could be a rebuilding season for the outfit.
Zach Ferland is the junior on the team while several sophomores – Alex McMahon, Brendan McMahon, Nick Jones and Kelsea Wyrebek – are all looking to improve as the season progresses.
Chippanee Country Club is the home base for the Lancers this season.
Along with the two showdowns against Central, Eastern will battle Wethersfield in Bristol on Monday, April 11 while taking on four straight opponents from home over a stretch from May 5 to May 16.
Those featured contests include CCC South contender New Britain (Thursday, May 5), a battle against non-conference opponent Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Newington (Monday, May 9) and a confrontation at Chippanee against Maloney (Monday, May 16).
All home matches start at 3 p.m.
- PAUL CATHOLIC GOLF
Head Coach: John O’Dell
Key Subtractions: Mark Lozinski; Ted Morgues; Gabe Pelletier
Players to Watch: Dan Stump (sr.); Nate Zawilinski (sr.); Paul Wiecki (sr.); Thomas Norton (sr.); Seamus Keane (sr.); Julia Dolce (sr.); Joemart Contreras (sr.); Alyssa Daly (jr.); Emily Mourges (jr.); Matthew Raymond (so.); Noah Defeo (so.); Fulvio Aliberti (so.).
Outlook: There’s a solid senior core that will lead the Falcons, which includes Dan Stump, Nate Zawilinski, and Paul Wiecki.
Those three were contributors from the 2014-15 campaign and expect more of the same this year.
Stump was an All-Copper selection and should be the featured golfer on the squad.
Senior Tom Norton was also a contributor as well last season and expect more of the same in 2016.
The Falcons finished right around the middle of the NVL pack last season and would like to improve on that standing.
And just like Bristol Eastern, Chippanee Country Club is the course the Falcons will call home this season.
Key match-ups for St. Paul Catholic includes a home date with Kennedy on Tuesday, April 12, an encounter with Holy Cross in Bristol on Thursday, April 28 and wraps up at Chippanee on Monday, May 23 against Watertown.