BRISTOL — The weather wasn’t ideal for a CIAC men’s golf state championship game on Monday, but sometimes the game is all about battling the elements.

Cole Banning handled the conditions best at Chippanee Golf Club. The Northwest Catholic golfer shot a 69 of 1-under par to win by six strokes in the Division II encounter.

“I made a lot of putts. I hit the ball well,” Banning said. “I haven’t had too many problems. I put the ball in the right places and I didn’t miss too much.

Pomperaug won the tag team championship by six strokes with a total of 39 of 319, dethroning Saint-Joseph. The cadets placed second.

“We realized we had a good team that could produce something,” said senior Luke Brower, who shot 5-for-75 to tie second with teammate Dan Casanta.

At one point the game was delayed by around 40 minutes in the early afternoon. Banning said he was at 1 under for the round when play was suspended. He had seven holes remaining when play resumed.

Banning was coming off medal laurels in last week’s CCC Championship encounter at Stanley GC, doing so in a four-man playoff.

“I put my game together a month ago,” Banning said.

Terrence Dornfried came fourth with a 76, helping Berlin equalize for third place. Hudson Hagmann (Wilton) and Max Pawloski (Bethel) are tied for fifth at 77.

Pomperaug had played in a few events this fall where the weather was bad. The Panthers won their fourth straight Southwest Conference championship on Oct. 17 under similar conditions.

“We’re not canceling practice for this kind of weather,” Pomperaug coach Rich Szymanski said. “Guys are used to this kind of weather. They don’t like it, but we get used to training there.

Pomperaug finished second to Hand in the spring of 2021, then took third on his home course, Silo Point, last fall.

“As a senior, going out with a bang is really awesome,” Casanta said.

It’s the fourth state title overall for the Panthers, who also won in 1998, 1999 and 2013.

Kyle Bisceglia, the No. 5 golfer from Pomperaug, scored an 84 while Mitch Tepedino was right behind him with an 85.

Andrew Flynn and Colin Firda shot 78 and 79 respectively to help St. Joseph take second place with a total of 325. Berlin, Bethel and Lewis Mills were tied at three for third place at 32

Division I meet postponed

The CIAC Fall Division I Golf Championship has been postponed until Nov. 1 due to unplayable conditions at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain.

Chuck Claffey, CIAC’s site manager for Division I, said there had been talks about suspending play and resuming next week where play stood.
But Claffey said most golfers haven’t completed nine holes.

The meeting is now due to start at 9 a.m.

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(at Chippannee GC, Bristol)
Results by team: 1. Pomperaug, 319; 2. St. Joseph, 325. 3. (tie) Bethel, Berlin and Lewis Mills, 329; 6. North West Catholic, 334; 7. Brookfield, 341; 8. (tie) Wethersfield and Wilton, 344; 10. Immaculate, 348; 11. Barlow, 350; 12. Avon, 352; 13. Masuk, 361; 14. Valley of Shepaug, 362; 15. Litchfield, 367.
Individual results: Cole Banning (Northwestern Catholic), 69; Dan Casanta (Pomperaug), 75; Luke Brower (Pomperaug), 75; Terrence Dornfried (Berlin), 76; Hudson Hagmann (Wilton), 77; Max Pawloski (Bethel), 77; Blake Barrett (Avon), 78; Tim Whitlock (Brookfield), 78; Andrew Flynn (St. Joseph), 78; Alex Ilie (Barlow), 79; Brien Trimbach (Masuk), 79; Colin Firda (St. Joseph), 79; Colin Hoyt (Immaculate), 79; Eli Pelletier (Lewis Mills), 81; Aiden Carrano (Lewis Mills), 81; Michael Deegan (Berlin), 81; Elijah Jonas (Bethel), 81; James Murano (St. Joseph), 82; Logan Beers (Bethel), 82; Tyler O’Connor (Brookfield), 82.