BERLIN - It was the ideal day at the Timberline Golf Course. With the sun high up in the sky, it presented the Berlin and New Britain girls golf teams with the perfect weather conditions.
The Redcoats took advantage.
Berlin’s two golfers Jackie Cooper and Bridget McQuillan led the way. The duo played a pivotal role in Berlin’s 197-242 win over the Hurricanes Wednesday afternoon.
Cooper was the medalist on the day finishing with a 44. Other than McQuillan, they were the only two golfers to shoot a sub-50. McQuillan came in right behind Cooper with a 48.
“I think I did really well today,” McQuillan said. “[Tuesday] we had a match and I didn’t play too well, so today I definitely played a lot better. I usually average high 40’s or low 50’s so I was right on target today.”
It was also a performance the Redcoats were pleased with because it was the first time Berlin has finished a match under 200 all season long.
“This was a big match for us today,” Berlin head coach Jim Barnes said. “This was a conference match. This was the best score we’ve shot all year and we’re 13th in the state, so we think we have a good chance to go to the state tournament. But to really have any impact you really need to get down below 200. This is encouraging and I’m excited about it.”
The Redcoats are used to seeing good results. Typically a state title contender every season, Berlin failed to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in eight seasons.
This year, Barnes is hopeful and optimistic the group of girls he has will not only get them a conference title but also make a deep run in the Class M state tournament.
“We’ve won four state championships here in the past six years,” Barnes said. “Starting the year we set goals: the conference tournament and the state tournament. We’re in position to accomplish both those things. “
Injuries have been getting the best of New Britain, but nonetheless, it didn’t stop the Hurricanes from having a successful day.
“We had a bad day yesterday, we didn’t play as well as we should have on our home course,” New Britain head coach Rich Carlson. “But today, I think we scored very well. It’s a very nice course. It’s easier than Stanley, no water, a little shorter, everything’s in front of you and I think our scores reflected on that.”
Kiley Griffin and Kendra Levesque led the Hurricanes. Griffin shot a 55 while Levesque shot a 59. Trailing behind them for New Britain was Cate Keithline (62).
“Today wasn’t my best,” Keithline said. “But overall, I definitely think I have improved this year. I have good days and bad days, but I think for me it’s all about improvement. I know we don’t win all of our matches which is OK, but if we’re improving on out scores from the beginning of the season then I’m happy with that.”
Carlson’s looking to improve as the season nears its end.
New Britain’s season low was 245. Sfter shooting 242, the Hurricanes have already made steps in the right direction. Carlson hopes that his team will continue to shoot level, and even get to 230.
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