NEW BRITAIN - Tim Carrier and Johnny Morell had one job to do Thursday afternoon during for the New Britain’s boys golf match against Bristol Eastern - shoot under 50.
Carrier shot a 49, while Morell claimed the medal as he shot a 46 during the Hurricanes 212-219 win over the Lancers.
“Our first two guys did their jobs today,” New Britain head coach Bob Zadrozny said. “They kept it under 50. We have a young team this year, so I’m pretty pleased with how Johnny and Timmy played today.”
Although the two did well, there were some bumps on the course. The seventh hole proved to be difficult, throwing Carrier’s game completely off.
“On the first few holes I think I did alright,” Carrier said. “I missed a birdie putt, but I was able to get it for par and then what really threw me off was the seventh hole. Then after that, I was lucky to come in on the ninth hole for the birdie which closed it in for me, for the 49. I just wanted to break 50 today.”
New Britain wasn’t the only one having issues on the course today.
Arthur Bell (54), Dylan Washington (63) and Brandon Carolina (69) rounded out New Britain’s scoring for the afternoon.
“Today was not too hot for me,” Bristol Eastern’s Kelsey Wrybek said. “Golf is a game of inches and you just have to keep on playing and keep on coming back because you can hit your best shot and then the next shot is your worst shot.”
Teammate Olivia Beaudoin added, “There are a lot of inconsistencies with golf. Every day is a new day and I feel like our next match we can do a lot better but personally, I know I can do a lot better. I’ll just take it as a positive note from here.”
Beaudoin finished the afternoon with a 61 while Wrybek ended her afternoon with a 64.
“As long as the kids go out there and they’re competitive,” Lancers head coach Greg Boulanger said, “they follow the rules, they have interactions with their fellow athletes and they enjoy two and a half hours on a golf course, that’s what it’s all about.”
Bristol Eastern’s No. 1 golfer, Brendan McMahon did ‘pretty well’ compared to his standards, as he finished the afternoon with a 51.
“I had a nice par on the eighth hole,” McMahon said. “My shots were pretty straight and they were going right where I wanted them too. Overall it was a positive experience.”
Justin Jacques (51) and Drew Fries (56) were the other two golfers to score for the Lancers.
Morell was also pleased with his performance. Typically he averages anywhere from high 40’s to low 50’s and Thursday afternoon he was right on target.
“My drives were pretty good, my short game good and my putting was really good,” Morell said. “I didn’t really make that many mistakes.”
It was been a learning experience for New Britain this season, especially with a young team only that has one senior on its roster, Carrier.
“This season has been pretty good but we can definitely do better,” Morell said. “But we’re decent. We need to stay relaxed and not get in our heads. That’s when we start to do bad, and then it just gets worse. You have to try to work through it or else you’re going to perform poorly.”
This week in particular, New Britain has the chance to win three out of its four matches. Zadrozny would like to go .500 for the rest of the season, and with the Hurricanes upcoming competition he is optimistic.
“We’re young, we’re not very experienced so we’re learning a lot on the run,” Zadrozny said. “Our team thing is, I just want them to improve. They have to realize that if they want to get better they have to play over the summer. They have to work on their game on their own.”
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