Saranac Lake returns a solid nucleus of starters off last year’s Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII championship golf team and is a preseason pick among area coaches to be successful once again in 2014.
Lake Placid, which returns every starter from last season, and AuSable Valley, still a young team but an experienced one after losing just one starter, are two of the teams looking to give the Red Storm a run to the title.
NOTE: Coaching forms from Peru, Seton Catholic, Ticonderoga, Elizabethtown-Lewis and Schroon Lake were not received in time to be part of the preview.
The Patriots lost just one golfer off last year’s 5-5 team.
There are no returning seniors on this year’s squad, but the golfers coming back have plenty of match experience.
Returning golfers who started all 10 matches last season include juniors Ian Rennie and Riley Taylor, along with sophomores Nate Devins, Lucas Finnegan and Kyle Hart.
Sophomore Noah Martineau also has match experience, while junior Chasm Perkett and sophomore Chris Hickey were in the top 10 last year and will look to make their way into the top six this season.
Ian Rennie, Riley Taylor, Cole Baer, Nate Devins, Lucas Finnegan, Chris Hickey, Noah Martineau, Alex Defayette, Chasm Perkett, Kyle Hart, James Winch, Ryan Thomas.
Austin Facteau, Connor Roy.
The Eagles are a very young team and there will be a number of first-time golfers taking part in competitive matches for the first time.
Freshman Alex Faruqi is expected to be the top golfer for Beekmantown, while freshman Ryan Brienza and eighth-grader Evan Dyke also return from a year ago.
There will be six newcomers on a roster that includes no seniors.
Tyler Begor, Brendan Carnright, Mikael Faruki, Nikolas Koktowski, Joshua Perkins.