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On a championship pace: Greenwich High boys golf team defeats Ridgefield at Griffith E. Harris, improves record to 11-0

Photo by David Fierro: Charles Schrohe is a senior captain of the Greenwich High School boys golf team.

Greenwich High School’s boys golf team made it a perfect 10 when it defeated Wilton last week at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course and today, the Cardinals added win No. 11 to their record.

And they did so in their usual impressive fashion.

The Cardinals continued their fall season of perfection, topping FCIAC foe Ridgefield, 150-165, at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. Senior captain Charles Schrohe, who is enjoying a sensational season, shot a 36 over nine holes, while sophomore AJ Enslein also produced a round of 36 to pace the 11-0 Cardinals.

“The season has been good,” said Schrohe, who earned All-FCIAC Team honors the past two seasons. We’ve had some good days, some bad days and we’ve been lucky enough to pull out the win on some of our not so not-so-great days.”

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich’s Charles Schrohe chips onto the green during a match against Ridgefield.

Today was one of Greenwich’s many good days. Schrohe was certainly consistent at the Griff today, carding a 4 on all nine holes.

“I had nine 4s, which I’ve never done before,” said Schrohe, who leads GHS at the No. 1 spot. “In the beginning of the round, I made a bunch of putts. I was hitting driver great, everything else was just all right.”

Greenwich coach Jeff Santilli, who has guided the program since 2000, appreciates how well Schrohe is fulfilling his duties as team captain.

“He’s been a great captain, a great leader,” Santilli said of Schrohe. “He has stepped up and has been a role model for the younger kids and has been a solid senior captain. He understands the role and is handling it the right way. Everyone is happy that he’s their leader.”

Photo by David Fierro: Owen Duda is having a strong season at the No. 2 spot in the lineup for Greenwich’s boys golf team.

Owen Duda, a junior, shot a 39 from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. He’s displayed consistency each match for the Cards, who host rival New Canaan at Greenwich Country Club Wednesday.

“Off the tee I was doing well,” Duda said. “I hit a good drive off 3 to make birdie. The putting was an area I was a little weak in, but I feel good about the game. I hit some good chip shots to keep me in it. The season has been good. It’s not about what the other teams we play, it’s about us getting the best score and try to push ourselves to keep shooting lower and lower and hopefully, the wins will follow the low scores.”

Owen Duda of Greenwich putts during a match against Ridgefield at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course on Sept. 27, 2022.

Said Santilli: “It’s been great that Charles and Owen are 1-2. “Owen is starting to see a little bit of Charles’ game and is adding to it as well. I know they’re grinding hard when they’re out there. They know what to do out there. I trust them all to play the game on their own, because I think they are in a good place right now.”

For Ridgefield (), senior captain Sebastian Beaver shot a 37, while junior Vincent Carr carded a 38. Senior Anders Hoemann, senior Nick Svendsen and Henry Resnick each shot a 45.

Schrohe tied a team record by shooting a sizzling 4-under-par 32 in Greenwich’s opening match of the season against Brien McMahon on Aug. 30. Schrohe and Greenwich graduates Paul Pastore, David Pastore, Danny Guise and Jackson Fretty each posted a score of 4-under par for the Cardinals. Schrohe and Paul Pastore have the distinction of shooting the low score of 32 twice in the Cardinals careers.

“Our first match, I shot a 32, 4-under,” Schrohe said. “That was a great way to come out. It ties the record, so that was great. It was a great start to the season and I’ve continued it. For the season, I’ve shot 2-under, here, 1-under, here, even today. It’s been solid all around. I’ve had one really bad day, so I’ve been keeping it low, hitting the ball well and just have been playing some good golf.”

Photo by David Fierro: The Greenwich High School boys golf team is 11-0, with senior Charles Schrohe leading the way.

A strong short game propelled Enslein to a round of 36 at The Griff.

“The ball striking wasn’t the best, but the putting did work out. It was pretty windy out there, so that was nice,” Enslein said. “I didn’t miss a putt within 6, 7 feet, so that was pretty nice. But I definitely have t o work on the driver no doubt. I’ve been shooting in the ballpark of high 30s, a 40 here and there and a 36 here and there, so I’ll definitely take this.”

AJ Enslein has excelled at No. 3 for Greenwich’s boys golf team.

“AJ is scrappy,” Santilli said. “He knows how to get it in the hole. He played a lot of summer golf this year, which was great for him. He learned how to play under pressure and it’s starting to show in his game. He’s been very consistent, most of his rounds have been sub-40. He has at least 8 matches under 40.”

Junior Jack Hopper (No. 4) finished with a 42 for GHS.

“The course was playing pretty hard,” Hopper noted. “It was very windy and it was hard to see out there. I put myself in bad places, but my putter was the best club in my bag today.”

“He has a nice short game and he putts well,” Santilli said of Hopper. “He strikes the ball well and his score ends up being around the same every time.”

Photo by David Fierro: Jack Hopper has been stellar at the No. 4 spot in the lineup for Greenwich.

This marks the second year that the high school boys golf season is being held in the fall. It took place in the spring for numerous years prior to the fall of 2021.

“I like playing in the fall much better in the spring,” Hopper noted. “It’s nicer weather and the courses are in much better shape. Also, you are right out of the summer, so you are warmed up already.”

Said Schrohe, who will play Division I golf at Lehigh University next year: “The fall is definitely different than the spring. I like the fall, the courses are in better shape. The weather also seems a little nicer. Toward the end it’s going to get a little colder, but it’s not too bad. I’ve enjoyed it so far.”

Dylan Harris, a senior, shot a 39 at No. 5 and Graham, a junior, posted a 38 for GHS against Ridgefield.

Greenwich’s boys golf team defeated Ridgefield at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich on Sept. 27, 2022.

“No. 5 and No. 6, they are consistent,” Santilli said. “Any given day, no matter who I put at 5 and 6, one could come out lower than the other. Right now, we’ll see how it plays out.”

Santilli coached Greenwich to the FCIAC Tournament title in 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. New Canaan won the title, with Greenwich placing second in the spring of 2021, then the Rams captured the fall 2021 FCIAC Tournament championship.

Obviously, added another FCIAC championship to their ledger is on the Cards’ agenda.

“I think we have the potential to do a lot,” Schrohe said. “We can win the rest of our matches and potentially win FCIACs and states. That’s what we’re going for and hopefully, we can do that.”

“We have a good chance if we continue to play our game and shoot a low score that day,” Duda added. “Everyone on the team has a chance to shoot low, to shoot even. I think everyone on the team has shot around even or 1-over, 2-over, so I think we can go low.”

“They’re very driven and motivated to get back to where this program has been over the years,” Santilli said. “FCIAC titles are hard to attain, but that’s what this program is used to. We are definitely a team that has all the skills to get there. I think we have a good chance of going in there and winning an FCIAC championship.”

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