Golf requires a different mind set from most other sports. Golfers must learn how to deal with the factors they cannot control. A player has no influence on course and weather conditions and how well or poorly the opponent will play.
This was all amplified by Bethel in a non-conference boys golf match Tuesday afternoon at the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield. Notre Dame-Fairfield could only watch the Wildcats shoot their best round of the season by 19 strokes. The Lancers shot one of their lower scores of the spring but lost by seven strokes as Bethel posted a 167-174 win on the par 35 course.
Spencer Olson was medalist by shooting 1-over par 36 for Bethel.
The teams will meet on Wednesday in a SWC match at the Redding Country Club. Each team will enter with a 5-7 overall record, Another Bethel victory on its home course would leave each team with a 3-7 record in the conference. Both teams played matches on Monday, Notre Dame defeating Barlow by five strokes and Bethel losing to Masuk by 33.
"That's a phenomenal score for us," Bethel coach John Poapst said of his team's round. The Wildcats' previous low was 186 on April 22 at the Redding CC against Barlow.
Three Wildcats shot much lower than they do ordinarily, and those improvement were the reason for their vastly better score, Poapst said. Their rounds complemented Olson's 36.
"Steven Carlson shot a 45 today, and he typically shoots in the 50s," Poapst said. "Dylan Olson (39) shoots 45 typically. He kind of stepped up his game to where it should be, and Quinn Vissak's 47 is pretty low in comparison (to his average round),"
Notre Dame assistant coach Dan Sopko, filling in for head coach Pete Cofrancesco, who was unavailable, cited the Lancers' inconsistency on Tuesday. "We've got to be more consistent, really, in all phases. Today, one thing would go right and then one thing would go wrong in turn," said Sopko, who was not displeased with Notre Dame's round overall.
"This is a good score that will help us for the states," Sopko said. Mitch Cascella had a good two-day stretch, Sopko said, by shooting 39 against Barlow and coming back with a 42. "Dan Walsh rebounded from his round yesterday (46)."
Walsh had the Lancers' low round against Bethel with a 40.
Cofrancesco will be with Notre Dame on Wednesday. Sopko said playing the same opponent the next day is beneficial. "Now we know what we have to do tomorrow since we played them today," Sopko said.
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Bethel 167, Notre Dame-Fairfield 174 (at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, par 35): B--Spencer Olson 36, Dylan Olson 39, Steven Carlson 45, Quinn Vissak 47; ND-F--Dan Walsh 40, Mitch Cascella 42, Emmett Whelan 43, A.J. Lucatino 49. Records: Bethel 5-7, Notre Dame-Fairfield 5-7.