Lanzoni golden at annual Greenwich golf tournament

Greenwich resident William Lanzoni poses with the Greenwich Townwide Men’s Golf Championship trophy after Sunday’s victory. — John Ferris Robben

Greenwich resident William Lanzoni poses with the Greenwich Townwide Men’s Golf Championship trophy after Sunday’s victory. — John Ferris Robben

For Greenwich High School graduate and University of Connecticut’s William Lanzoni, winning the Greenwich Town Golf Championship felt like a dream.

He always hoped that one day that his name would be on top of the leaderboard when the event concluded, just never in his wildest dreams did he think this year was going to be the year.

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend in the annual Greenwich Town Golf Tournament held at the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course, as Lanzoni had a round to remember on the first day and played well on the second to hold on to the lead and the championship.

“Winning the town championship is a great feeling,” Lanzoni said. “It’s totally unexpected. Last year I didn’t think I was ready to win and I said that next year I would win it. Then this year I kind of said the same thing. I went into this just hoping to do better than I did last year and I would win this a couple of years down the road. I didn’t think it would happen this year. It’s an amazing feeling and I still am not sure it actually happened.”

Lanzoni played 18 holes on both Saturday and Sunday and won the championship by firing a seven-over par 149.

“I was able to strike the ball great all tournament and I felt like I was in a good rhythm the entire time I was out there,” Lanzoni said. “I was having fun. I was kind of keeping to myself, but it was because I felt like I was in the zone. I made a lot of clutch putts and had a lot of par saves. I rolled in a couple of birdies the second day and that certainly helped my score.”

One of the reasons why Lanzoni didn’t think he had a good chance this year was because of the players that were competing in the event. Top golfers, such as Paul Pastore, Joe Nethercott, Jason Morilla, Michael Savitt and Chris Pavelic, were all within striking distance throughout the event.

Placing second was Morilla, a recent grad of Greenwich High, who fired an eight-over par 150 for the event. Michael Savitt, a graduate of Brunswick, took home the bronze with a nine-over par 151, while the duo of GHS grads Pavelic and Dario Orlando finished tied for fourth with a 12-over par 154.

“I knew that I had some stiff competition with some great golfers that have come out of Greenwich High School and Brunswick School,” Lanzoni said. “There was a high level of competition out there. I didn’t expect that much, but it was a pleasure playing against them. It was amazing to come out of there with a victory.”

What made the victory even sweeter for Lanzoni was his determination to play his best despite some challenges leading up to the event.

Because Lanzoni is a counselor at the Stamford Jewish Community Center’s Camp O-La-Mi, he doesn’t get to hit the links under after 3 p.m. So after work it was off to The Griff and either hit some golf balls at the range or work on his putting and chipping game.

“When my dad came home from work, we would go out and play nine holes,” Lanzoni said. “I would go play a round when I had the chance and on Thursday I made sure to play a round just to get a feel for the course. I was writing notes in a notebook with the two rounds that I played the week before the tournament and that really helped me.”

With the town golf tournament under his belt, it might be expected that Lanzoni will be looking for more competition this summer. However, that’s not the case.

“I’m just going to have some fun on the golf course this summer and play with my friends,” Lanzoni said. “I think my dad and I might go play the MGA Father/Son Outing in Long Island. That will be great fun. Although that’s a tournament, it’s still just fun for me. I just don’t play competitive golf.”

Even when he was a younger golfer competing in the Met PGA junior tournaments, Lanzoni didn’t fare too well, so he decided to take a break from those events.

The Greenwich resident never played for the Greenwich High golf team and isn’t playing for the University of Connecticut. Because of his non-competitive nature, winning a championship just makes things more exciting.

“Playing for myself is a lot more rewarding for me,” Lanzoni said. “It’s really special for me knowing that guys have played on the D-I level in college and have played at a competitive level in tournaments or at the high school, but I was able to come out and beat them. All my hard work for myself has paid off in a different way.”

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