Golf preview: Warriors set for big season

How can you tell Wilton High golf coach Jack Majesky is excited about his team’s prospects this spring? Listen to the first words that rush out of his mouth.

“We’re going to be dynamite,” said Majesky.

He has reason to be pumped. The Warriors not only return their top-three players from last season, but also welcome a transfer who was club champion at Silver Springs Country Club over the summer.

“We have a great mix of talent and experience,” said Majesky, whose team opens the season today at Norwalk. “This could be a really strong team.”

Leading the returnees are seniors Scott Caggainello and Alex Birch.

“Alex and Scott have been carrying the team the past couple of years,” said Majesky. “They were within one-10th of a stroke of each other last season. There is not much to separate them. They are both unflappable kids.”

Also back is Sam Marsh, who was right behind Caggainello and Birch last spring.

“Sam can really drive the ball,” said Majesky. “He had a very good season last year for us and has improved.”

The biggest addition is senior John Collins, a prep school transfer who was club champ at Silver Springs.

“He is going to be a huge help,” said Majesky about Collins. “He excels in all areas of the game.”

Wilton’s fifth starter could come from a group of three seniors: Matt Diamond, Tom Hojnacki and Dakota Orton.

“They are all pretty equal,” said Majesky. “We’ll have to see who emerges as the season goes on.”

Sophomores Daniel Wendelboe, Pete Williams, Richie Williams and Kyle Jonas are also vying for playing time, as are juniors Justin Shepard and James Arthur.

“If we can get that solid fifth player to step forward, it will be a big boost,” said Majesky. “That could really make a tremendous difference.”

Notes: Wilton finished fifth at the Division I state tournament last season. Caggainello shot a 75 to tie for third place in the individual standings.

The Warriors were seventh at the FCIAC championship, as Marsh led the way with an 81.