Lake Placid golf takes upper hand
May 8, 2018


RAY BROOK - On Monday, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake faced off in an early-season golf match, and the Blue Bombers came out on top 5-1 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action.

The match was the third of the season for Lake Placid, and just the first of the spring for Saranac Lake, which has endured multiple weather-related cancellations before finally getting out on the course. Monday's match marked the first time Saranac Lake's golfers had the opportunity to step on a putting green in a competitive match.

In the end, the Blue Bombers appeared to own the upper hand over their Red Storm rivals as a result of already having had a week's worth of competition under their belt. Lake Placid improved to 2-1 with the victory, while Saranac Lake started its now jam-packed schedule with a loss but with plenty of optimism.

One of the top golfers in the CVAC, Drew Maiorca, paced Lake Placid with a one-over par 36 to claim a nine-shot win over Ray Amell in the contest between each team's No. 1 players. Amell's 47 was the low round of the day for the red Storm.

Lars Kroes, Hunter Wilmot and Noah Tavares all fired rounds in the 40s while notching wins for the Blue Bombers, and Brandon Bullock picked up Lake Placid's fifth point with a victory in the sixth spot.

Will McClure earned the lone Red Storm competing at No. 5.

"It was great to get out and finally play on a nice day," said Lake Placid coach John Glinski, whose Blue Bombers played their first two matches on wet layouts.

After seeing a 40-match CVAC win streak come to an end in their season-opener, the Blue Bombers have now won two straight. Meanwhile, playing under first-year head coach Ian Breen, Saranac Lake's golfers at least got the opportunity to shake off some rust and get a taste of competition.

"I was telling Ian that we were in the same boat a week ago," Glinski said. "Our kids have gotten better, and I'm sure Saranac Lake's kids will get it going too."

"This was the first time our kids have basically putted on greens," Breen said. "I had a feeling it was going to play out this way. Lake Placid is a good golf team. Their top few kids had some good scores.

"I think a few of our kids were disappointed," Breen continued. "I think they expected to play a little better score-wise, but it will get better, it should get better. Playing golf is one thing, but playing with the pressure of tournament golf, having to turn in a score, that's quite a bit different."

Maiorca has now carded three rounds in the 30s on the way to improving to 3-0. Kroes posted a solid 40 on the way to an 18-shot win over Zach Gladd in the second match of the day.

Competing at No. 3, Wilmot, an improving sophomore, turned in the third-lowest score of the day, a 43, to defeat Saranac Lake's Zach Churco, who shot a 55.

Tavares shot 48 to claim a six-stroke win over Connor O'Brien in the fourth match, and Bullock topped Saranac Lake's Billy Bentz at No. 6 by a 55-58 score.

Both teams are back in action again today at home. The Blue Bombers step onto their layout at Craig Wood for the first time this spring when they hosts Beekmantown, and the Red Storm take on visiting Seton Catholic at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook. Both matches start at 3:30 p.m.


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