Third place was a common theme for the Fairfield Warde boys golf team's last week.

The Mustangs finished their most successful tournament season since Fairfield High School split, earning a third place finish at the FCIAC meet Thursday and at the Division II meet Monday.

"This year was a great success," Warde coach Bob Bigonette said. "We achieved all of our goals."

Jack Zierolf led Warde with a 74 on Thursday at the FCIAC meet in Fairfield. Andrew Adams led the Mustangs with a 74 Monday in Kensington. Adams finished in a tie for second at states.

Warde's four combined scores were 318, just five shots off the Division II champion Daniel Hand. The Tigers combined round of 312 bested New Canaan by just a single stroke.

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Greenwich placed first at FCIACs with Staples placing second and New Canaan in fourth behind Warde.

"I thought we did well but could've done better," Zierolf said Thursday. "It was windy out there most of the round, which made it harder for all of us."

Zierolf ended his high school golf career with a round of 80. He was named to the all-state team for the third time, an achievement no Fairfield golfer has reached since J.J. Henry.

"He changed the whole attitude of our program," Bigonette said. "He was a great competitor."

David DiSilvestro and Timothy Grace each shot 82 at the state meet.

Despite Warde's finish, the team was disappointed by its third-place position.

"The bus ride home was quiet," Bigonette said. "They thought they had a good chance for sure."

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