Boys Golf: Brunswick Invitational Fretty leads Greenwich to victory by a stroke
GREENWICH — The Brunswick Invitational features four golf teams with successful and storied traditions each year, so it’s never surprising to see the winner claim the championship trophy by the slimmest of margins.
Such was certainly the case on Thursday.
One mere stroke separated Greenwich High School and Brunswick School during the event at historic Round Hill Club and when the tournament concluded, all eyes were on the scoreboard to see which team prevailed.
For the second straight season, the tournament’s title belonged to the Cardinals.
Finishing with a team aggregate score of 307, Greenwich won the four-team Brunswick Invitational. Brunswick, last year’s runner-up, placed second with a team score of 308, followed by Bergen Catholic (313) and New Canaan (313).
Junior Jackson Fretty shot a 1-over-par 72 to lead the Cardinals in the highly competitive tournament.
“To get this win is a big deal, for sure,” Fretty said. “We always look at this tournament as a great way to start the season and to at least play well and hopefully win. We should have a good season ahead of us, hopefully we can keep it up.”
Chris Magliocco, a junior, shot a 76, while junior Ben Ropiak carded a 77 for the Cardinals. Billy Nail, also a junior finished with an 82 for Greenwich.
“It was a good tournament all around,” GHS coach Jeff Santilli said. “I was very excited to see Jackson post a 72 and estactic to see Chris shoot a 76. I think he (Magliocco) is a pivotal member of this team. Hopefully, he can build on this. I can’t be more pleased with the team score 307 a solid four-score aggregate. We only won by one stroke, which is what we expected.”
The Bruins were paced by Connor Belcastro’s round of 75. Senior Matt Camel and sophomore Ben Carpenter each carded a 76 for Brunswick.
“There was excellent play out there from accomplished programs, this was a good day for junior golf,” said Brunswick coach Anthony Fischetti, the tournament’s coordinator. “When you look at the scores up there and it comes down to one stroke. There are 615 shots between us and it was decided by one — that’s golf.”
Consistency keyed Fretty’s solid round.
“I barely missed a birdie on nine, so I had some good momentum going into the back nine,” Fretty said. “Then on 13 I hit a really good pitching wedge to six feet and made that, so that got me to even and I hung in until there. Overall, it was a good round, especially in this wind. It was windy today. But at the same time the course played pure, not too many bad bounces.”
Magliocco birdied the seventh, eighth and ninth holes, after shooting 3-over through three holes.
“The wind was pretty brutal, but I was able to keep my head on and grind it out around the greens and make a couple of putts, which was nice. Definitely nice to win this tournament, we just want to keep the momentum going,” Magliocco said.
Said Ropiak: “I scored very well and was able to shoot the lowest score I was able to shoot today. I could have shot a really high score today, but I was able to grind and stay within myself. The course played really tough.”
Brunswick’s Belcastro kept his round going by holing several key par putts and avoiding big numbers.
“I feel like I played solid. Huge props to Round Hill for giving us great conditions to play on. The biggest highlight for me was staying consistent, I didn’t hit any heroic shots, but also didn’t have any big misses.”
Lance Johnson shot an 81 for the Bruins, who will get another chance to play against Greenwich at Thurday’s Greenwich Invitational at Greenwich Country Club.
“It should be great, Jeff (Santilli) has been kind enough to invite us to their invitational at Greenwich Country Club, maybe we can get a little pay back,” Fischetti said with a smile.
For New Canaan, Gunnar Granito shot an 80, while sophomore Max Orwicz carded an 81. Bergen Catholic was led by Will Celiberti’s round of 75. Jason Salameno finished with a 77 for Bergen Catholic.
Greenwich’s record stands at 8-0 on the season.
“I am looking forward to playing in the Greenwich Invitational next week at Greenwich Country Club, it’s going to be great,” Ropiak said.