AROUND THE HORN: Berlin golf duo better than par for the course; Meriden Y offering cohort hoop training



BERLIN — His numbers are exceptionally high in the classroom and exceptionally low on the golf course.

In combination, they’ve made Berlin golfer Jacob Lindsay a Scholastic Junior All-American with the American Junior Golf Association.

Lindsay, a senior at Berlin High School, was one just 43 boys named AJGA Scholastic Junior All-American for 2020 and the only one from Connecticut. (Among the 29 girls selected were Katie Dzialga of Greenwich and Mia Scarpati of Norwalk.)

Lindsay made the grade with a 4.8 weighted grade-point average, a 1520 score on the SAT and a 33 on the ACT. The minimum marks to make All-American are 4.5 weighted GPA, 1450 SAT and 33 ACT.

On the course, a Scholastic All-American needs to finish in the top 15 at an AJGA event. Lindsay was 12th at the Junior Golf Hub Championship in Chicopee Country Club in Massachusetts in July.

Lindsay later won the junior championship at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in August and the Cape Cod Junior Classic at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, Mass. in October.

The latter victory makes Lindsay the New England representative in the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, which plays at the Biltmore Course in Coral Gables Jan. 2-6.

At Berlin High School, Lindsay has been the Redcoats’ No. 1 golfer since his freshman year. He was All-State and All-New England that season as well as in 2019 as a sophomore.

Lindsay aims to study Chemical Engineering in college. He’d like to play golf, too, but his major is the primary focus. RPI, Brown, Lafayette, Bucknell, Tufts, Swarthmore and Stevens Institute of Technology are among the schools to which he’s applied.

Hamden Hall captain inks with Loyola

BERLIN — Another Berlin golfer grabbing headlines is Jackson Roman.

Roman, who attends Hamden Hall Country Day School, recently signed a National Letter of Intent with Division I Loyola University of Maryland.

”Jackson is a tremendous student-athlete and I couldn’t be prouder of him for earning the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Hamden Hall golf coach Keith Kaliszewski. “He has worked really hard in school and on his golf game, led by example, and been a great teammate to his peers during his four years at Hamden Hall.”

As a sophomore, Roman not only won the 2019 Kingswood-Oxford Invitational Tournament, which serves as the NEPSAC championship, he set a tourney record by shooting a 66.

While the 2020 prep season was lost to the pandemic, Roman did enjoy a remarkable summer. At one point, he won three straight events: the Connecticut State Golf Association’s Borck Junior Golf Tournament at the Country Club of New Canaan, the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship  in Chicopee, Mass., and the U.S. Challenge Cup Boys and Girls Championship in Rumford, R.I.

Roman also has the distinction of being the youngest player to ever win the men’s club champion at his home course, Shuttle Meadow Country Club. Roman broke the tournament record in winning the 2019 crown.

This coming spring, Roman will be captain of the Hamden Hall squad. It looms as a promising spring. Hamden Hall junior, Ben James of Milford, has already commited to the University of Virginia.

Meriden Y offering cohort basketball

MERIDEN — While recreational sports have been hold by Gov. Ned Lamont until at least January 19, the Meriden YMCA is able to host cohort basketball training for players ages 4-15.

Each cohort will be limited to four players. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Temperature checks and masks are required.

The program runs for five weeks beginning the weekend of January 9. For details and to register, call 203-235-6386 or visit meridenymca.org.



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