Putnam Clippers golf team includes many new players

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., May. 17, 2011
Alec Foucault of Putnam High tees off on Hole 1. Photos by D. Coffey.
Alec Foucault of Putnam High tees off on Hole 1. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Putnam High School Clippers golf team won easily against Parish Hill on May 12. With only two players able to make the match, Parish Hill had to forfeit the game.

“It's unfortunate that we played against a team that only had two players,” coach Jim Bartolomei said. “Basically, we had to finish the round. There wasn't any competition.”

It did give a young Putnam team and a young Parish Hill team a chance to play a round of golf, however. With a rundown of Connecticut National's hazards and home rules, Bartolomei sent the golfers off.

Andrew Bardier and Alec Foucault shared medalist honors, each shooting 38. Spencer Salvas shot a 39.

This is the Clippers' first season in the CSC. Bardier and Foucault are the only two Clippers returning from last year's team. The rest of the golfers are playing on the team for the first time. Senior Dominick DiDonato, juniors Ryan Rumill and Caleb Gonyer, and freshman Spencer Salvas are all playing for the first time. It is a very different team from the ones Putnam has fielded for the last three years, when they won the ECC Small division.

 

Coach's Corner-

Putnam High School Golf Coach Jim Bartolomei

Seasons with the team: 8

Thoughts on the season: “For the last three or four years we've had really good teams,” the coach said. “But last year I lost four seniors. With only two returning players, I have five players who are brand new to the team. We're doing all right. We could surprise people.”

 

Spotlight Player-

Andrew Bardier - Senior, Number 1 Golfer:

Senior Andrew Bardier has played four years for Putnam, steadily improving with each year. He is one of only two returning golfers from 2010. He comes from good golf stock: his father is one of the top golfers in eastern Connecticut.


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