McQuillan has been one of Berlin's key golfers this season

Published on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:02
Written by SHELBY IAVA

@shelbyiavaNB

BERLIN - Golf is a family affair for Berlin’s Bridget McQuillan.

Going into her freshman season three years ago, McQuillan had never golfed before, but with the help of her father, she soon came to realize her passion for the sport.

“My dad started teaching me and I have been playing ever since,” McQuillan said. “I loved it ever since.”

McQuillan and her father play frequently, especially during the offseason. Her dad and McQuillan’s grandmother, who recently passed away, are the reason she is involved in the sport.

“I like to play for her,” McQuillan said. “And when it comes to me and my dad, we just like to have fun when we play together.”

This season has gone exceptionally well for McQuillan. Just last Wednesday during a match against East Catholic, McQuillan earned her first career medal. Against New Britain this Wednesday, she shot a 48 to help the Redcoats break 200 for the first time this season.

“What a great kid,” Berlin head coach Jim Barnes said. “Bridget is a junior this year and she came out as a freshman and really she had never played much golf before. But she got hooked on it, she really loves the game. She is such a hard worker. Last year she just barely missed making all-conference as a sophomore, so her mission this year is to make that and she’s been working really hard and everything. I’ll tell ya, if hard work will get it done, she’ll get there.”

Other than her skill set and knowledge of golf, the one thing that sets McQuillan apart from others is her positivity.

“She’s just a great all around teammate,” Barnes said. “She’s always encouraging the other girls, she’s always very positive. Really, you couldn’t ask for a better player on your team.”

Even when things haven’t gone right on the course, McQuillan never hangs her head low.

“She’s always ‘We’ll get better, we’ll get better,’” Barnes said. “She’s the type of kid you want on your team.”

As for the rest of the season, McQuillan is putting her focus on fine-tuning her game.

“I just hope to keep improving my score and to get better,” McQuillan said. “I just think us as a team we can continue to do well.”

McQuillan, Barnes and the rest of the Redcoats have their eyes set on the conference title and the Class M Tournament. This year Berlin is in a good position to achieve both of those goals.

“We’ve had some pretty strong history [in the state tournament],” Barnes said. “We have won four state championships in the past six years and we’ve had some really special girls. In the beginning of the year I set goals for these girls. If we keep getting a little bit better anything can happen. If everyone has their game of the year, you just never know about golf. That’s what’s so cool about it.”

Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or siava@newbritainherald.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:02. Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:04.