Boys Golf Team Wins Conference

The past three years have seen the Benet Boys Golf Team emerge as a resilient force able to contend with nearly any opponent brought against them. While seeking a third trip downstate in just as many years, the young squad won another ESCC Conference Championship on September 29th at the Joe Jemsek Course of St. Andrew’s Country Club, the second in a row for Coach Marty Gaughn’s growing program. With a team score of 318, the team edged out second-place St. Viator by a commanding 9 strokes.  

Adding to the laurels, Junior Jack DiTrani medaled, taking first place individually out of the 48-man field with a low score of 75, snatching 4 birdies in the process. When asked about his preparation for the match, Jack answered, “For me, the prep before the tournament was big. Making sure I had hand warmers, the proper clothing, and[…] the right state of mind to play good golf and win a tournament like this.” 

Behind DiTrani, the rest of Benet’s conference squad finished in the top 14.  Senior Quinn Shanley placed 5th with a score of 79.  The three Ryan’s, Farago (Junior), Dannegger (Sophomore), and Curtiss (Senior), placed 6th, 11th, and 14th respectively.  All five Benet representatives earned All-Conference honors.

The conference title caps an unusual season for the Redwing golfers, as anyone would expect these days.  After three tournament events within four days kickstarted the season in mid-August, the team has seen about half the regular season head-to-head matchups of a normal season.  Furthermore, the boys saw no more 18-hole tournaments until the conference tournament in the final days of September. Good luck to the team as they advance on in the State Series!