Tourtellotte golf team an ECC Small contender

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., May. 8, 2012
Michael Jezierski lines up a putt on the fourth hole at Raceway. Photos by D. Coffey.
Michael Jezierski lines up a putt on the fourth hole at Raceway. Photos by D. Coffey.

Tourtellotte Memorial High School golf coach Ryan Ouillette had high hopes coming into the 2012 season. Five of his starters returned to play. “We set some goals as a team,” he said. “Our first goal was to win the ECC Small division.” But in order to do that, they had to beat a tough Griswold team. They will win the division if they win a second match against Griswold on May 10. A loss will give them a tie for the slot.

The top five players who have brought the Tigers this far have been playing consistent golf all season. In the number-one slot is sophomore Michael Jezierski, who is averaging 39 per game. “He's a very hard-working kid, probably the most consistent player on the team,” Ouillette said. And he's close to the top ECC Small player in the state, according to the coach.

Jacob Roy has been the number-two golfer for Tourtellotte, averaging 43 per game. “He's out there on that course all the time,” Ouillette said. “He takes it to heart. He's constantly working on his game.”

At the number-three slot is senior Brandon Hamilton, who is also shooting an average 43 per game. Hamilton has been on the starting five since his sophomore year. “He's diligent in a lot of the things he does,” Ouillette said. Hamilton recently received an award for having the highest academic average among male athletes at Tourtellotte Memorial High School.

Senior Matt Witkowski, the number-four golfer, improved his average by six strokes over the winter. “He knew that he had to up his game in order for the team to have a shot,” Ouillette said. He worked on his swing using a golf net in his garage. “He's probably earned my 'Most Improved' award,” Ouillette said.

Adding depth at the number-five slot is senior TJ Limoges. He has been playing since his sophomore year and is averaging 48-49 per game. He is 11-0 in his matches this year.

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