Consistency has been a concern of Fairfield Prep boys golf coach Bob Bernier all season.

Yet, when the Jesuits needed a good showing at their conference and state meets, they got positive results.

Prep exceeded its seed, but not its expectation, by finishing fifth and 13th, respectively at the SCC and Division I state golf meets.

"I was happy with the outcomes," Bernier said. "I was happy with the way our guys played."

Greenwich was the lone Division I team to finish with a sub-300 score. The Cardinals 299 was three shots better than second-place finishers-- and Prep's SCC counterparts-- Amity and Xavier.

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"We knew Greenwich was really good," Bernier said. "I was happy that a couple of teams in our league tied for second."

The Jesuits finished 13th, 30 shots back, with a score of 329.

Prep was seeded ninth at the SCCs, but placed fifth with a score of 334. The Jesuits finished behind No. 1 Xavier, Daniel Hand, Amity and Shelton.

"I was happy that we were able to score better than our seedings," Bernier said. "But we were too inconsistent all year."

Matt Mastronardi and Ben Morrison battled back injuries all season. But junior George Archer seized the opportunity to play varsity in their absences, as did sophomore James Nemia.

Nemia was the program's lowest scorer on junior varsity as a freshman, but finished as its top finisher in 2012.

"He went from worst to first," Bernier said of Nemia.

Bernier thinks Nemia's tale is a lesson for the rest of Prep's golf team.

"It shows what a summer of hard work can do," he said.

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