With a 12-1-1 record (10-1-1 FCIAC) to date, the Staples High boys golf team is resting comfortably near the top of the conference standings.
Yet the Wreckers, as coach Tom Owen believes, are far from a complete product.
While the team has settled in at its home course, Longshore, where it has averaged a 142 over three matches, the Wreckers are still looking for better results on the road. In the six matches away from home, the Wreckers have carded an average of 154.
"As usual, we need to shoot better away. We've been shooting kind of high numbers at our away matches," Owen said on Wednesday. "That's been our weak spot for a couple of years. ... We just can't get consistent scores away that are decent."
Owen explained that while Longshore might be an easier play than some others, he suggested that his team could occasionally alter its approach during practice to prepare for longer courses.
"It's practicing at Longshore and practicing like it's a long course," he said. "Instead of hitting the driver off every tee, maybe hit an iron."
Staples has set a consistent lineup of five golfers led by senior Stephen Colodny and sophomore Peter Richards. Owen said that the two are "interchangeable" as the team's top golfer, as both have routinely scored in the 36 to 37 range.
"They're two of the better players in the league," Owen said. "I would put them in the top five or six. They could play with anybody out there."
Owen said that his team's best round of the season came on May 2 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. The Wreckers carded a 150 on the par-36 course, topping Fairfield Warde's 170. Richards was the medalist with a 36.
"That's a good track," he said. "That's not an easy course. ... That's the kind of thing I'm expecting out of them these last few weeks."
Senior Ross Whelan recorded the second-lowest score in that match, a 37. He's been regularly in the lineup along with junior Andrew Felman. Owen explained that both can be a "little more consistent."
"They're both capable of going low," Owen said. "They're starting to a little more consistently. In another couple weeks, I'm hoping they'll be at the point where they can shoot good both home and away."
Senior Jacob Meisel, who shot a 37 at Richter Park in Danbury on Monday, has anchored the fifth spot on the team, Owen said.
"I was not expecting that out of him, but he came through," the coach said of Meisel's round at Richter.
As the season progresses, Owen is hoping that his team will continue to lower its scores.
"For us to win, we've got to have four out of the five," the coach said, "we've got to put up numbers that are at least in the 30's. When we've had all four scores in the 30's, that's where the numbers have been low."
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