Lindsay Cote prepared for subsequent degree after signing to play golf at Division II college

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Lindsay Cote ready for next level after signing to play golf at Division II university


Waterville senior Lindsay Cote reads a inexperienced through the Class B state golf championship final month at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

Lindsay Cote had the purpose. She simply wanted the college to assist her obtain it.

It didn’t take her lengthy to search out simply the place.

Cote, a Waterville senior and one of many high highschool women golfers within the state, is headed to play collegiately at Division II Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina on a partial scholarship after signing her letter of intent on Nov. 11. The Maine Junior champion this summer season may have an opportunity to additional her profession in one of many nation’s golf hotspots — which, for Cote, was at all times the mission.

“It’s at all times been my dream to play within the Carolinas, ever since I began {golfing} and realized that I actually liked golf, sufficient to play it at a aggressive degree,” Cote mentioned. “I need to have the ability to work on my sport all yr lengthy, and I’m getting that chance and a lot extra.”

Cote wished it, and he or she made it occur. She signed up with Subsequent School Scholar Athlete, which acquired her linked with recruiting coach Brian Schiffbauer, and he or she started reaching out to colleges. After contacting Coker coach Sam Stark, the curiosity was mutual, and Cote’s draw to the college solely elevated after she visited in June. Stark made a proposal through the go to, and Cote accepted instantly.

“The extra I seemed into it, I used to be like ‘Oh my God, this may very well be my ceaselessly residence,’ ” Cote mentioned. “I knew the minute I stepped foot onto that campus that that was the place the place I used to be meant to be.”

Husson College golf coach Mike Dugas, who has labored with Cote since she was in seventh grade, mentioned he was completely satisfied to see his pupil take this step.

“I feel it’s an unbelievable alternative, and he or she’s labored actually onerous over time and may be very dedicated to the game, and desires to get higher,” he mentioned. “It simply goes to point out you, there’s no geographic pinpoint on a map that tells you the place the following good gamers are going to come back from. It’s only a matter of would you like that?”

There haven’t been many central Maine golfers, not to mention women, to maneuver on to the Division I or II degree since Waterville’s Abby Spector performed on the College of North Carolina from 1999-2003.

Waterville’s Lindsay Cote watches her shot throughout a match final month at Natanis in Vassalboro. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

“It’s robust for Maine golfers to get scholarships,” mentioned Nokomis coach Matt Brown, who coached Cote for her freshman via junior seasons. “However there should not as many lady gamers within the state, so you’ve got a very good alternative to shine when you can showcase a few of your skills. Lindsay was ready to do this proper from early on.”

Cote made positive she did what she may to clear her path down south, working with Schiffbauer and taking part in alongside the state’s finest golfers in Maine State Golf Affiliation tournaments.

“I performed with Jordan Laplume, who performs Division I at Merrimack, and I additionally performed with Stephanie Rodrigue, and he or she performs Division II at Mount Olive in North Carolina,” Cote mentioned. “These women actually confirmed me you could (go) outdoors Maine, you are able to do large issues.”

Cote’s profession has taken its turns from her freshman yr on. Her expertise was at all times evident — she was the medalist within the first match she performed for Nokomis — however the seriousness with which she took the game typically prompted her to have issue with its psychological aspect.

“She would let dangerous photographs get to her, and it took her some time to recuperate,” Brown mentioned. “However as she acquired older, by the point her junior yr (arrived), she actually was a lot, a lot better at coping with adversity.”

That was on show this summer season when Cote struggled within the Girls’s Beginner championship, tying for twenty eighth at 54 over. She was upset, however she put in time on the vary, labored with Dugas and had a renewed mindset going into the Maine Junior Championship the following week.

“I awoke the morning of the primary day, and I mentioned ‘Mother, I’m going to win this event,’ ” Cote mentioned.

She shot a 1-over 72 on the primary day to take the lead, then shot 77 to beat Girls’s Am champion Ruby Haylock for the title — one which Cote mentioned served as a breakthrough.

“That was simply validation for every thing that I believed main as much as it, that if you work onerous, you do get outcomes,” she mentioned. “I at all times knew that I may do it, however doing it simply felt so good. I used to be actually prepared for a win that week.”

Waterville’s Lindsay Cote putts through the Kennebec Valley Athletic Convention championships on Oct. 6 at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Now comes the following step, which Cote is aware of received’t be simple. It means longer programs and harder competitors, and he or she and Dugas are already at work constructing a college-caliber swing.

“Our subsequent step is getting ready her to be prepared for that,” Dugas mentioned. “We’re working twice per week on getting her golf sport the place she desires to be. … (We’re) altering some path, attempting to get a bit of bit extra distance.”

She’s prepared for the problem, one she’s wished from the start.

“(As a freshman) I used to be like ‘Wow. If I maintain working, I’m proper there,’ ” Cote mentioned. “And I’ve been working ever since.”



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