Depth shows as RHS boys golf team tops St. Joseph

If an 11-0 start doesn’t signal the strength of the Ridgefield High boys golf team, perhaps this will: Despite playing without their top player on Tuesday, the Tigers shot a season-low score.

“We’re just playing really well,” said Ridgefield coach Mike Merati, following a 152-196 win over St. Joseph on Monday at the Ridgefield Golf Course. “We have a lot of guys contributing, and that depth is a nice advantage.”

Hunter Tuccio and David Dobson both shot two-over par 37s to lead the Tigers, who were without number-one player Jon Spicci (outside tournament restrictions).

Tuccio’s score was a season-best and included birdies on the third and fourth holes.

“This is what Hunter is capable of doing,” said Merati. “He has struggled a little so far this season, but this was hopefully a sign of what’s to come.”

Also shooting a season-best was senior Sean Brady, who finished with a 38 that included seven pars.

“His short game has improved dramatically,” said Merati about Brady. “That was a very good round for him.”

John Clouse completed the Ridgefield scoring with a 40, while Dan Kile had the fifth score with a 41.

Ridgefield was one day removed from a 156-175 triumph over Brien McMahon at the town course on Monday.

Kile led the way with a 38, while Clouse and Dobson each shot 39s and Spicci had a 40.

Last Thursday, the Tigers cruised to three victories against Bridgeport teams at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield.

Ridgefield had a 153 to beat Bassick (250) by nearly 100 strokes. Bridgeport Central and Harding did not have complete teams and had to forfeit.

Spicci shot a 37 to earn medalist honors. Kile (38), Clouse (38) and Tuccio (40) also contributed to Ridgefield’s score.

Ridgefield’s most impressive win of the season came last Wednesday, when it edged Staples, 154-155, at Silver Spring Country Club.

“It was the first real test of the season,” said Merati. “Both teams were unbeaten. I think it opened the players’ eyes to the reality that we can hang with and beat top teams.”

Clouse, who was Ridgefield’s fifth player, made the difference with his 39.

“It came down to him,” said Merati. “If he had shot a 40, we would have tied, and if had shot a 41 we would have lost.”

Spicci fired a one-over par 36 to lead the Tigers and tie Staples’ Peter Richards for medalist honors.

In addition to Clouse, Kile (39) and Tuccio (40) also had their scores count for Ridgefield.

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