Killingly High School closes in on golf record

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., May. 13, 2013
(L to r) Seniors Kyle Liebscher, Calvin Desjardin and Bradley Liebscher each have four years of varsity play. Photos by D. Coffey.
(L to r) Seniors Kyle Liebscher, Calvin Desjardin and Bradley Liebscher each have four years of varsity play. Photos by D. Coffey.

Killingly High School golf coach Kevin Marcoux is in an enviable position. His Redmen are tied with Ledyard for the number one slot in the ECC medium division. They are one of the favorites heading into the ECC state tournament. Three of his top five players are seniors with four years of varsity experience. And his top two players are freshmen who are also the top two players in the ECC.

“It's very unusual,” Marcoux admitted.

Twins John and Drew Aitken made it clear in the pre-season that their scores would propel them into the top spots on the team. John currently has a 37 average score. Drew follows one point shy at 38. It didn't come as a complete surprise. Marcoux and the rest of the Redmen were familiar with their play. 

“They are solid from tee to green,” said Marcoux. “They play every day. They love it. Their whole game is solid but their real strength is their short game, their chipping and putting. It's really remarkable to watch.”

Marcoux credits his seniors with embracing the two young players. “It's unusual for freshmen to take over the top slots. The seniors knew these kids from playing at Connecticut National. They knew how good they were. They knew that we were going to have a really good team with them on it.”

Senior Kyle Liebscher has been consistent in the number three slot with an average score of 42. “He's very good. He's definitely separated himself from the others,” Marcoux said. Calvin Desjardin and Bradley Liebscher flip-flop on the number four and five slots, averaging 45. “They go back and forth. I do weekly scoring to see who plays in what position. For them it's a great competition.”

The Redmen have a 13-1 record. Their only loss has been to Ledyard, with whom they currently share top billing. That could change before May 16 when they have their last division match-up. The ECC tournament will be May 23, and Killingly has a shot at taking overall champion.

Marcoux will have to help his team minimize their mistakes. “We'll have to reflect on our play, see where we wasted shots,” he said.

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