SARANAC INN — Northeastern Clinton’s Nolan Reid kept Saranac Lake from cleaning up at the Section VII Golf Championships.
Reid carded an 85 in difficult weather conditions Friday at the Saranac Inn Golf Club and posted a 79-85-164 two-day total to win the Section VII individual championship.
He won by one stroke over two Saranac Lake golfers — Dustin Fischer (82-83-165) and Ethan Sawyer (84-81-165) — who tied for second.
The Red Storm had already won the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championship and added the Section VII team title on Thursday. Saranac Lake came that close from having one of its golfers win the individual crown as well.
“I’m a senior and I was extremely excited to win,” Reid said. “I’ve been playing at the sectionals since seventh grade and I was finally able to win it this year.
“This will be my third trip to the states. It would have been a good career for me just going to the states three times, but this is a nice way to top it off.”
Reid and Fischer waged a battle throughout the rainy and cold day.
“Dustin and I were tied on the 10th hole and it pretty much went back-and-forth after that,” Reid said. “Nobody really got an edge.
“I was able to take the lead on 13 and got a two-stroke lead with a par on 17. On 18, he made a par and I had a bogey.
“I knew what was going on between Dustin and myself, but I didn’t know that Ethan had come back and played a strong round. I thought I might be tied with him until I found out from the scorers.”
Fischer was nearly as outstanding.
“It was a little disappointing,” Fischer said. “I had a three-stroke lead after eight. But I hit one out of bounds on nine, took a double bogey, and Nolan birdied the hole. So my three-stroke lead vanished.
“I just came up a shot short. With the weather the way it was, I had to battle for every stroke. But I didn’t blow up, so that was a positive for me.”
Reid wasn’t able to match his 79 on the first day, but hung tough down the stretch.
“It was fairly cold and miserable out there,” Reid said. “I had a few more problems today, miss hitting a shot here and there.
“(Thursday), there wasn’t as much pressure on me. (Friday), there was a little more pressure because I was trying to hold a lead. Maybe the pressure got to me a little on the front. Dustin had a three-stroke lead on me going to the ninth hole.”
Fischer, a junior, still had plenty to be pleased about. His Red Storm team captured two championships and he was tied for runner-up among individuals.
“I couldn’t have asked for much more this season,” Fischer said. “It was a great season all around.
“Also, it’s not bad to have three Saranac Lake golfers make it to states.”
Reid was the only golfer in the field to break 80 on Thursday and Plattsburgh High’s Nick Dodd was the lone golfer to do so on Friday when he put together a sensational 40-37-77 for a two-day 89-77-166, which placed him fourth overall.
“My short game was the key (Friday),” Dodd said. “I was able to make a lot of mid-range putts. I started out the back nine by making a birdie putt on 10.
“I’d rather play in these conditions, with a little less rain, than play when it’s steamy hot. I was in the top 15 going into today and my goal was to get in the top nine, so I could go the states. I was hoping to at least shoot in the mid-80s to get there.”
In addition to Reid, Fischer, Sawyer and Dodd, the remainder of the Section VII team that will compete at the NYPHSAA meet includes Elizabethtown-Lewis’ Connor Marvin (84-86-170), Lake Placid’s Kiefer Casler (84-86-170), Peru’s Jordan Guay (85-88-173), Saranac’s Austin LaDieu (87-87-174) and Saranac Lake’s Teddy Yanchitis (87-87-174).
Section VII Individual Golf Championships
At Saranac Inn
1, Nolan Reid (NCCS) 79-85-164
2, Dustin Fischer (Saranac Lake) 82-83-165
2, Ethan Sawyer (Saranac Lake) 84-81-165
4, Nick Dodd (Plattsburgh) 89-77-166
5, Connor Marvin (E’town-Lewis) 84-86-170
5, Kiefer Casler (Lake Placid) 84-86-170
7, Jordan Guay (Peru) 85-88-173
8, Austin LaDieu (Saranac) 87-87-174
8, Teddy Yanchitis (Saranac Lake) 87-87-174
10, Gavin Plimpton (Peru) 88-88-176
11, Austin Ecret (Saranac Lake) 88-89-177
12, Lucas Strack (Lake Placid) 87-92-179
12, Alex Duffy (NCCS) 91-88-179
14, Pat Kane (Lake Placid) 86-94-180
15, Nate Devins (AuSable Valley) 88-93-181
16, Matt Nugent (Peru) 86-96-182
17, Blake Gregory (Saranac Lake) 91-93-184
17, Miles Lussi (Lake Placid) 94-90-184
19, Cortland White (E’town-Lewis) 94-93-187
19, Christian Matilla (Peru) 94-93-187
21, Dylan Scozzofava (Moriah) 92-96-188
21, Ryan Kane (Lake Placid) 94-94-188
23, Nick Lees (Saranac) 90-101-191
24, Chris Kokes (NCCS) 92-100-192
24, Tyler Lemza (Moriah) 92-100-192
24, Jarett Wright (Saranac) 93-99-192
28, Alex Shaughnessy (Schroon Lake) 92-102-192
29, Bjorn Kroes (Lake Placid) 94-102-196
30, Dakoda Latford (Willsboro) 94-111-205
FA finishes second
MALONE — Evan Hanna carded an 87 to lead Franklin Academy to a second-place finish in Friday’s Section X Championships.
Elliot Vanier added a 90, Alexandra Sprague a 91, Davis Sprague a 93, Cole DePuy a 99 and Dylan Fleury a 104 for the Huskies.
“I’m so proud of the team — every one of the players represented Franklin Academy well today,” FA coach Chris Kelley said. “The conditions were absolutely brutal, 43 degrees, 20 miles-per-hour north winds and a course saturated with water.
“Four players — Evan, Elliot, Alexandra and Davis — will return for Saturday and the medalist round.”