Lenox golf survives Fraser, Lee by 2 strokes
LENOX — Three wins in three matches is still 3-0, but Lenox coach Dick Salinetti said that his Millionaires have some work to do.
Lee's Thomas Fraser was medalist after shooting a 1-over-par 36 on Cranwell's front nine, but he was one of only two Lee golfers to crack 50. All of Lenox's golfers did, as the Millionaires stayed perfect with a 180-182 win Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm very happy we won," Lenox coach Dick Salinetti said. "I'm not really happy the way we won. I have to give Lee credit though. They really hung in there with a really inexperienced team.
"I think we have to play better than that to hold our own, but I think we will get better."
The Millionaires were led by Brendan Hayden's 42, a round that included a birdie on the par-5 second hole. However, Hayden finished six strokes behind medalist Fraser.
"It definitely feels really good" to be 3-0, said Hayden. "We're a really young team and it's nice to have confidence. There's definitely a lot of room to grow."
Fraser bogeyed the par-3 fifth and par-4 sixth holes, before closing out with two pars and a nifty birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-4 eighth hole.
"I felt pretty good," the Lee senior said. "I was definitely happy with the way I was hitting the ball. There were a couple of missed shots that I wish I could have made up. Maybe one or two too many bogies. But overall, a good round."
Surprisingly, Fraser and his Lee teammates were playing in a match for the first time this season.
"I think we can do better. I think we should have done better," Lee coach Matt Carlino said of the season debut. "There's plenty of room for improvement. It was a great match and Lenox is a very good team.
"We thought we got beat by more than [two strokes]."
Fraser's day started well as he birdied the par-5 second hole and had three pars. He ran into problems when he bogeyed the fifth and sixth holes. Fraser righted the ship with a par on the seventh and then had a quality birdie on the eighth hole.
"It's definitely a hole you can go after with the driver. Or you can lay up a little bit," Fraser said of the eighth, a hole he added he was very familiar with.
"I hit five-wood, laid up a little bit. I had a 50-yard shot in, and I wanted it a little closer," said Fraser of his approach shot that landed on the edge of the green as he looked out on Route 20.
The putt was about 10 feet, Fraser hit the ball square and the ball found the bottom of the cup.
"When I first hit it, I liked the line it was on, but it was definitely moving quick," the Lee senior said. "I'm just happy it hit the center of the hole."
Lenox's Hayden was second overall with a 42. His teammate Cliff Flynn shot 43, Max DiGrigoli had 47, while Ricky Armstrong and Ben Haddad both shot 48. Only one of those 48's counted.
Both squads are young with lots of room to grow. The Wildcats have a senior in Fraser and Adam Dingman is a junior, and the rest are underclassmen. With one senior in Armstrong, Salinetti played three freshmen, an eighth grader and a seventh grader.
"It was mostly on or around the green," said Salinetti, when asked what needs the most improvement. "We've got to spend some time chipping and putting. That's where you score."
LEE (182) — Thomas Fraser 36, Adam Dingman 61, Dylan Ely 44, Dylan Boomsma 50, Camden Redstone 55, Colin Durkin 52.
LENOX (180) — Brendan Hayden 42, Max DiGrigoli 47, Ricky Armstrong 48, Cliff Flynn 43, Ben Haddad 48, Max Shepardson 49.
Birdies — LX: Hayden No. 2; L: Fraser No. 2, No. 8.
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