KHS Redmen golf teams hits a 'road bump'
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., Apr. 26, 2011
The Killingly High School Redmen golf team lost to Tourtellotte, 6-1, in its first match after April vacation, on April 25.
“We were 5-1 coming in to the match. We were playing well. We were excited,” said coach Kevin Marcoux, after the match. “But we struggled today.”
The par-5 #6 hole was one that was particularly troublesome for the Redmen. “It was one of those holes that, if you hadn’t played the golf course, you could make a big number,” said Marcoux. “You don’t have that local knowledge. Our guys didn’t. We made some big numbers on that hole.”
Marcoux has five sophomores competing for the last three spots on the team. While it makes for a nice little competition between them, they are still young players. They all saw varsity action last year. Unfortunately, none of them had played the Raceway Golf Course, Tourtellotte's home course.
“That's not an excuse,” Marcoux said. “They didn’t play well, and it happens.”
Over the course of the season, the Redmen will play 22 matches. Marcoux hopes that his number-one and -two players, Phil Hill and Jeff Klang, will provide the leadership for his young team. He expects his younger players to come along and continue to improve with each match. Experience will help them. Sophomores are competing for the remaining spots, and it has been a revolving door, according to Marcoux. While he continues to work with Hill and Klang, he is trying to coach course management and some little things that his sophomores don't necessarily have the knowledge of because they haven't played enough.
“Unfortunately, you can’t coach them on the golf course during the matches,” he said, “but during practice, we’re out there with them all the time.”
“One good thing came out of today,” Marcoux said. “The kids got experience. I preach all the time that you have to play one shot at a time, one hole at a time. You can’t let it affect you. Hopefully, they learned that if they hit a bad shot, they need to let it go. That’s been my focus for the younger guys to minimize their bad shots so they don't make big numbers.”
Killingly High School Golf Coach Kevin Marcoux
First season with the team.
Thoughts on the season: “Last year, we graduated one of the best players to ever play at Killingly, Fletcher Babcock,” the coach said. “He was a major hole that needed to be filled. I knew that we had the younger guys that had some experience but weren’t completely seasoned. I knew we really needed to improve their game as the year went on. We were off to a good start at 5-1. We hit a road bump.”
Phil Hill – Senior: “Phil has been around a long time. He has lots of experience,” the coach said of the team’s number-one golfer. “He's been on the varsity team for four years.”
Jeff Klang – Junior: “He played varsity last year as well,” the coach said of the team’s number-two golfer. “Jeff transferred from Woodstock Academy at the beginning of last year. He saw all varsity action last year.”