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Bombers golf exceeding expectations

May 18, 2011
By LOU REUTER, News Senior Sports Writer
LAKE PLACID — After seeing two of his top players from a year ago transfer to prep school, including the individual Section VII champion, Lake Placid golf coach John Glinski thought his team would be around the .500 mark this spring.

So far, the Blue Bombers are providing their longtime coach a lot more success than he expected. On Tuesday, May 17, Lake Placid improved to 5-2 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference with a 4 1/2-1 1/2 victory over visiting Northeastern Clinton at the Craig Wood Golf Club.

Despite the final score, the match was close as three pairings finished in ties and the other three contests were decided by five strokes or less.

All six Lake Placid golfers turned in rounds in the 40s on the back nine at Craig Wood. Junior Dustin Jacques led the way, firing a match-low 40 playing in the top position for the team. Jacques, however, only picked up a half point after tying Nolan Reid, the Cougars’ No. 1 player who also carded a 40 on the par-35 layout.

Will Tennant, Lake Placid’s No. 2 player, also halved his match with Bobby Dietsche, with both players firing rounds of 43.

Will Gronlund, Anthony Kordziel and Miles Lussi each picked up victories for Lake Placid, and Dylan Smith earned a half point by tying his match.

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” Glinski said. “We have a few older players with experience, but from there, it’s eighth-graders who are coming on strong. The kids are turning in some nice scores, and we have more golfers right behind them. If the young kids stick around, we should have a really good team down the road.”

Playing in the third pairing, Gronlund shot a 44 to gain a 5-shot win over the Cougars Alex Duffy. Kordziel carded a 47 to top Eric Auger by five strokes in the No. 4 match, and Lussi turned in a 44 to edge Chris Kokes by two shots in the sixth match.

Playing in the first exhibition match, Nick Reid turned in a solid round of 41 to win for Lake Placid. Zachary Guay was the top exhibition player for NCCS with a round of 42.

The Cougars dropped to 3-2 with Tuesday’s setback.

Although his team currently owns a 5-2 mark, which will guarantee Lake Placid at least a .500 season heading into the Section VII Championships, Glinski admitted some tough opponents are still lying in wait.

“Things look great so far, but we still have to play Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh,” Glinski said. “I’m just hoping our kids can keep playing consistent golf. So far, they’ve done a good job at it.”

The Blue Bombers started the season with five matches on the road, and wrap up with five at Craig Wood. On Friday, May 20, they will host Saranac Central, and be back in action again Monday, May 23 when unbeaten Saranac Lake visits.

Article Photos

Lou Reuter/Lake Placid News
Will Gronlund of Lake Placid chips onto the 18th green during a match Tuesday, May 17 against Northeastern Clinton at Craig Wood Golf and Country Club. Playing in the No. 3 postion, Gronlund shot a 44 to win his match.



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