LAKE PLACID - Pat Kane and Kiefer Casler each shot 42 to win their matches and lead the Lake Placid golf team to a 5-1 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory over Peru on Monday, May 14 at Craig Wood Golf Course.
Miles Lussi and Dustin Jacques weren't far behind with matching 43s to account for two more points for the Blue Bombers. Lucas Strack shot 46 to secure the fifth point.
Matt Nugent picked up the lone win for the Indians, carding a 45 to beat Nick Reid who shot a 47 in the No. 2 position.
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Lake Placid’s Troy Jacques chips onto the fifth green at the Saranac Lake Golf Club during the Blue Bombers’ match against the Red Storm on Wednesday, May 9.
Lake Placid improved to 5-4 with the victory.
Lake Placid 5, Ticonderoga 1
LAKE PLACID - On Friday, May 11, the Lake Placid golf team evened its record to 4-4 with a 5-1 victory over Ticonderoga.
Nick Reid earned medalist honors after turning in a score of 40 on the par-36 Craig Wood Golf Course. Reid, a senior, easily beat his opponent Adam Losher, who shot 57 in the No. 2 position.
Lake Placid freshman Pat Kane had the second-best score of the day with a 42 playing in the sixth spot. Dustin Jacques took his match with a 43, Miles Lussi won with a 44 and Lucas Strack shot 52 to round out the Blue Bombers' scoring.
Ticonderoga's lone win came in the No. 5 position where Jacob Young carded a 48 to beat Kiefer Casler.
Saranac Lake 6, Lake Placid 0
RAY?BROOK - On Wednesday, May 9 at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook, the Saranac Lake golf team swept its way to a seventh straight win with a 6-0 triumph over Lake Placid.
Matt Clark, Saranac Lake's senior captain, has seen his share of struggles this season while playing in the fifth spot on the team. His scores this spring have been hovering in the high 40s, but in his match against Lake Placid, Clark turned in one of the low rounds of the day, firing a three-over par 39 to claim a four-stroke win over the Blue Bombers captain Dustin Jacques, whose 43 was his team's lowest round.
At the top of the Red Storm order, sophomore Dustin Fischer continued to shine, also shooting a medalist round of 39 in a six-shot triumph over Lake Placid's Nick Reid.
During a match where every player got a soaking from a downpour in the middle of the match, Kyle Dora, Ethan Sawyer, Devin Darrah and Blake Gregory each won for Saranac Lake, which remained at the top of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference standings with a 7-0 record. In the win, all six Red Storm golfers turned in rounds of 44 or better.
"Our depth has been a big factor in every match this season," said Clark, whose top score a year ago on Saranac Lake's home layout was a 37. "I've been in a slump this season, but hopefully I've left that behind with this round. I hit the ball straight today. It felt good."
Dora, one of three seniors playing for Saranac Lake, had his team's high round of 44 but it was good enough for a seven-shot win over Troy Jacques in the No. 2 match.
In the closest match of the day, Sawyer topped Lake Placid's Miles Lussi 41-44 in the third pairing. At No. 4, Darrah defeated Kiefer Casler 43-56. Gregory won the sixth match, defeating Lucas Strack 43-49.
"When you play a team whose 4, 5 and 6 guys shoot 43, 39, 43, you're not going to beat them," said Lake Placid coach John Glinski, whose Blue Bombers dropped to 3-3 with the loss. "Saranac Lake is very good, especially on this course. That's something we knew coming in. Today, we had some guys play pretty well and others struggled a little bit."
Saranac Lake's solid top six also has depth behind it. That was evident in the exhibition matches, as the team's No. 7 player, Teddy Yanchitis, shot a 39 to give the team three golfers with that score on Wednesday.
"It shows our kids' commitment to golf," Saranac Lake head coach Chris Stevens said. "A lot of these kids, right down to our 13th and 14th, play all summer.
"This was a great match between two teams that have good depth in their lineup and it showed by the scores on a day where it rained for a good hour when they were on the course."