NEW BRITAIN - It wasnâ€™t too long ago that New Britainâ€™s Tim Carrier was just trying to learn the basics of playing golf. Now heâ€™s one of the Hurricanesâ€™ top golfers, helping to build a program.
â€śHe came to us from the baseball team sophomore year and heâ€™s improved a lot in a short amount of time,â€ť New Britain head coach Bob Zadronzy said. â€śHe hadnâ€™t played very much golf at all beforehand.â€ť
The Hurricanesâ€™ lone senior owes everything to former assistant coach Ronald Sutton, who passed away in November of 2016.
â€śCoach Zadrozny called my dad and he told me that he was interested in me,â€ť said Carrier, who shot a 49 against Bristol Eastern on Thursday, the second lowest score of the afternoon. â€śHe wanted me to come to practice a few times. So his assistant coach, Sutton, trained me and basically taught me everything I know.â€ť
Zadrozny added, â€śSutton, he really got Timmy started on the right track and heâ€™s enjoying it now. He likes to get out and play with his family a lot. Itâ€™s a good sport for him.â€ť
On the course, Carrier sets an example. The younger players look up to him and Carrier brings a positive, but mellow energy to the Hurricanes with his demeanor, keeping everyone level.
â€śHe works so hard,â€ť Zadrozny said.
Like most golfers, Carrier focuses on the mental aspect of the game just as much as the physical play.
â€śItâ€™s hard to not let your mind get the best of you,â€ť Carrier said. â€śBut once the hole is over you have to leave it behind you and just keep going with it. If you keep thinking about it, the whole match is going to be a mess.â€ť
As with any building program, there have been ups and downs for New Britain. The Hurricanes are just 3-6, but Carrier likes what he has seen from his team so far this season.
â€śOur record doesnâ€™t show our potential,â€ť Carrier said. â€śWe have time for improvement. I just hope we can get a few more wins the rest of the season.â€ť
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