Lake Placid golfers ready to tee off
After not competing in 2020, Blue Bombers look to claim fourth-straight Section VII championship
LAKE PLACID — For the first time since 2019, spring sports are up and running again for high schools in the North Country.
Lake Placid will be fielding four teams exclusively from its school, and will also be competing in girls lacrosse as a combined squad with Saranac Lake.
Members of Blue Bombers golf team are especially excited to be stepping out on area golf courses this spring as they enter the season as the defending Section VII champions from two years ago.
With three members of that played in the top six on championship team returning this year, longtime Lake Placid head coach John Glinski thinks he may have a group that can get the job done again.
If the Blue Bombers are able to capture another Section VII crown in the tournament scheduled to take place on June 10 and 11 at Saranac Inn, it would mark the fourth season in a row Lake Placid would earn that honor.
The three team members back in the lineup after playing in the top six for the Blue Bombers in 2019 are Jack Armstrong, Brady Trembley and Grady Draper. And with no seniors on the roster, the future also looks bright for Lake Placid’s golfers.
“I think the kids are really excited to finally have the chance to get a whole season in,” Glinski said. “We were about six practices in last year when COVID shut everything down. It’s nice that golf is a low-risk sport. Hopefully everything goes smooth and nobody gets quarantined. Getting shut down for a couple of weeks would not be a good thing.”
Lake Placid’s roster features 11 golfers. Armstrong is one of two juniors on the team, and he’ll be joined by six sophomores, a freshman, and eighth-grader and a seventh-grader.
Sophomores Brady Trembley and Grady Draper bring experience to the team after earning regular playing time in matches in 2019. Tanner Foley, a junior, and sophomore Chris Byrne are also returning team members who were on Lake Placid’s 2019 roster.
The Blue Bombers also picked up two new golfers who played lacrosse in 2019, as sophomores Drew Ferebee and Alex Wright join the team and will look to break into the top six.
Sophomore Andrew Levenson, freshman Ryder Gagnon, eighth-grader Nick O’Brian and seventh-grader Wyatt Stancliff round out the Blue Bomber’s 2021 roster.
Lake Placid finished the 2019 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference season with an 8-2 record, and prior to that spring, the Blue Bombers captured five CVAC regular-season titles in a row. Glinski said he’d like to see his guys bring that title home again in addition to claiming another Section VII title.
“We usually have the same goal — try to win the CVAC and try to win sectionals,” Glinski said. “We’re hoping to do that again this year. We should be pretty solid in our top four, and after that, there’s not a lot of experience but there’s potential.”
The CVAC season kicks off on Monday, but due to Seton Catholic not fielding a golf team this spring, Lake Placid will have a bye on opening day. In order to get a jump on the competition, the Blue Bombers scheduled a non-league match that was slated for Thursday at Tupper Lake, which competes in Section XII.
Lake’s Placid’s first CVAC match is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 against rival Saranac Lake at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook. Lake Placid’s home matches take Placid at Craig Wood.
2021 Lake Placid
May 6 @ Tupper Lake
May 12 @ Saranac Lake
May 14 Ticonderoga
May 19 Beekmantown
May 21 @ Northeastern Clinton
May 24 @ Plattsburgh
May 26 AuSable Valley
June 2 Peru
June 4 @ Moriah
June 7 @ Saranac Central
June 10-11, Section VII Championships @ Saranac Inn Golf Club