May 25, 2013

NCCS's Reid takes Section VII individual golf title

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.

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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.

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