Scholastic golf put up-season tournaments do now not start till the ECC Open on May 30 and the CIAC championships in early June, but the Waterford-Killingly match at Connecticut National Thursday featured all the components of a high school primary.
One participant – Waterford’s Ryan Sadosky – broke par of 35 by using two strokes with a 33. The spherical blanketed four birdies and might have been higher if not for a double bogey.
Killingly’s Chris Lackner shot par.
Both teams received 3 fits with the decisive fourth factor going to Killingly due to a 167-169 strokes facet for the medal point and 4-3 win.
The healthy’s closeness may have surprised some ECC golfing followers. Killingly, protecting Division III kingdom champ, is undefeated. The Redmen have received the remaining 6 ECC Open Championships and feature most effective lost 3 ordinary season suits during the last six seasons (103-three).
The loss dropped Waterford to 5-five-1.
“Waterford is an advanced group and Ryan is one of the fine gamers inside the league for sure,” Killingly golfing coach Kevin Marcoux said. “He become superb the day gone by. It turned into a classic high faculty conflict that got here down to the remaining players.“
High college golfing crew rankings are decided by using the first-class four rankings. After Waterford’s and Killingly’s top 4 inside the lineup had finished, the Lancers held a 169-173 facet. But Killingly’s No. 5 player, Cooper Morissette shot a 46, 4 strokes higher than Killingly’s No. Four, to lower the Redmen rating to 167.
“Cooper’s 46 sealed the victory by using two photographs,” Marcoux said. “Of path, Lackner taking pictures even par for the first time became large. He’s been running very difficult and making incredible development all season. He works tough, practices and has a solid plan at the golf course. He finished.“
The Redmen’s number one golfer Nolan Marcoux, who was a coming off a third area (seventy five) at the 18-hole Wildcat Invitational, shot 38.
“Nolan is gambling well average,” Marcoux stated. “He’s been our maximum regular player standard.“
Consistency is something the Redmen need to iron out before submit-season comes round, Marcoux stated. Against Waterford, Jack Aitken, an All-State golfer remaining season, shot forty eight.
“The group typical could be very inconsistent now,” Marcoux stated. “We haven’t had our pinnacle 4 shoot well all together in one fit. But I’m confident Jack will turn it round because the weather maintains to enhance. We don’t have the luxury of depth we’ve had within the past. We can’t find the money for for any of our starters to have a bad day.“
Luke Desaulnier, Killingly’s No. 4 golfer, earned a starting function, taking pictures across the 40 mark over 9 holes. The football quarterback and 1,000-factor profession basketball scorer has picked up golfing as a substitute properly this spring. He, like other Redmen, are looking to play extra constantly. He shot fifty three against Waterford.
“He shows symptoms of enhancing,” Marcoux stated. “He made a massive birdie on the ninth hole at Elmridge to seal the Stonington victory. He works difficult in exercise and with classes at Lake of Isle. Golf is his 0.33 sport however he’s working tough.“
Killingly and East Lyme, which is also undefeated, venture as favorites to win the ECC Open. The Vikings and Redmen finished second and third, respectively, at the Wildcat Invitational at the back of Xavier. East Lyme plays at Killingly (Connecticut National) May 24.
Killingly, which additionally captured the CIAC Division III nation crown in 2016, is ranked No. Three within the Division III rating differential behind remaining 12 months’s runnerup East Catholic (22) and Ellington (24).
In the ECC, East Lyme’s rating differential (strokes over par) is 26, followed with the aid of Killingly’s 28, Stonington’s 31 and Waterford’s 35.
“East Lyme seems to be the maximum constant and private group to this point this 12 months, ” Marcoux said. “There is no clean favourite this 12 months. The group this is playing the quality at the quit of the year has the high-quality danger to win. We desire that’s us.”