Greenwich pair wins Chappa Invitational at Longshore
The Guise-Pastore one-two combination struck again at the Chappa Invitational.
Last spring, Danny Guise teamed with Stephen Pastore to win the annual golf tournament for Greenwich High, shooting a 4-under-par 65. Thursday, Guise joined forces with Paul Pastore, Stephen's younger brother, and the duo produced similar results.
Though Mother Nature made it a marathon of a day with three lightning delays, Guise and Pastore outlasted the competition, carding a 5-under-par 64 to capture the two-man best ball tournament at Longshore Golf Course.
Staples' tandem of Stephen Colodny and Peter Richards placed second out of 82 teams, shooting a 4-under 65. Wilton's John Collins and Scott Cagganiello placed third with a 66, making the turn at an impressive 30.
"It feels good to win it, I've been with a Pastore my whole four years," said Guise, a senior, who played in the event with Stephen the previous two seasons and with David Pastore as a freshman in 2010. "We beat Staples by one shot last year, so to do it again is rewarding. Our team had another great regular season, so to start off the postseason with a win for our program means a lot."
Pastore and Guise were 1-over through three holes, but sank birdie putts on the third, fourth and fifth holes. After making a string of par putts, the turning point of the duo's round came on the 12th hole. The Wake Forest University-bound Guise holed an eagle putt from 50 feet, putting them at 5-under and in a first-place tie with Wilton.
"I hit a high cut over the flag to 50 feet, then whacked it," Guise said. "It got us going a little bit."
Said Pastore: "We couldn't get anything going on the back nine until Danny made that big putt. After Danny won with Stephen last year, I knew I had to come out here and play well. I like beating my brother."
Colodny and Richards shot a 31 on the front nine en route to their round of 65.
"The first hole we airmailed the green, but we got up and down, then we got hot," Colodny said. "We knew we had a lead and we didn't want to lose it, so we played it a little safe. Playing well in this tournament means a lot to our team and our town because it's our tournament at our home course."
"We played well, but I think there were some shots left out there," Richards added. "I thought Steve really stepped up and made some clutch putts out there."
Brothers John and Mike VanDerLaan of Pomperaug were one of the two groups that teed off first, and the duo held the early lead with a 2-under 67. Meanwhile, Stamford, Trinity Catholic and Westhill each shot an 80. Jack Ferrone and Bill Santora teamed up for Stamford.
"I'm familiar with the front nine, but not so much with the back," Ferrone said. "It was the only second time I played it and it seemed a little tougher. We picked each other up throughout the round, if I did something in the front nine, he did something on the back."
Tournament officials considered the option of calling it a nine-hole tournament since play was suspended three times due to lightning. But the weather held up during the early evening and the Pastore-Guise duo emerged with the victory despite the course playing a bit different following the rain.
"The water slowed down the greens a little bit," Guise said. "Then it got darker, so it was harder to read the greens. That's when you rely on your partner to help read putts."
Coached by Jeff Santilli, the Cardinals recently concluded their second straight 21-0 season and are 79-2-1 over the past four years. Guise and Pastore said Thursday was a nice change from the regular season.
"It's something different than high school golf," Pastore said. "You have a partner to rely on and help you out."
Andrew Sciarretta and George Archer from Fairfield Prep shot a 69, while Jonathan Pinto and Max Theodorakis from Danbury carded a 70. Dan Kile of Ridgefield and his partner Sean Brady posted a 74, as did Fairfield Ludlowe's Tyler Gracon and Tom Kelley.
"It was tough out there, the pins were tucked real tight," Pinto said. "It felt good for us to go out there and play a pretty solid round against such great competition."