When all was said and done, the Staples High boys golf team came away with a convincing win in its opener.
The Wreckers topped Fairfield Ludlowe 158-177 on Monday at H. Smith Richardson in Fairfield.
Early in the season, both teams are trying to find consistency. The opening match brought out varying results.
"Just to get some of the cobwebs out was important," said Staples head coach Tom Owen, who begins his 24th season with the Wreckers.
"It's early in the season, and we're just trying to figure things out," said Staples senior captain Stephen Colodny, who shot a 40.
Colodny bogeyed his first two holes before things picked up for him. He shot a par on the next hole and then hit a dramatic birdie by sinking a 35-foot putt.
"Now I just need to get my consistency back," he added.
Staples' other captain, senior Ross Whelan, came away with a 41 after shooing par on his first two holes. He was playing in the No. 2 spot.
Ludlowe captain Tyler Gracon led his team by carding a 41.
"It could be better -- some bad shots, some good shots," said Gracon, who was playing in the No. 1 spot. "A lot of our approach shots bounced off the green, but it's out first match and we need to practice more."
The low score for the match belonged to Staples junior Andrew Felman, who shot a 38. Felman was followed by his teammate, sophomore Peter Richards, who shot a 39. The two were playing in the three and four slots.
While the Falcons' second-year head coach Greg Zaino conceded his team didn't tear up the course, he remains optimistic about the season ahead.
"I think we did pretty well for our first round," he said. "With a little bit more practice and more range work, we will be more consistent, and consistency is the thing."
Ludlowe, which finished 8-9-1 in the 2012 campaign, brings back only two starters this year. One of the senior captains, Tommy Romano, was unavailable to play on Monday.
Staples, on the other hand, was a playing from a relative position of strength. The Wreckers, who went 14-4 last season and were runners-up in the FCIAC last year, return three starters.
"Hopefully they'll learn from their mistakes, get better as the year goes on, make good decisions, and be good kids," Owen said. "That is the most important thing."
David Crandall is a freelance writer