SARANAC INN — For the second year in a row, Saranac Lake is both the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII champion in golf.
The Red Storm battled the elements at the Saranac Inn Golf Club on Thursday and won the Section VII team title by 10 strokes over their nearest pursuers.
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The team championship is decided by using the top four scores on each team and Saranac Lake finished with a 341 total.
Lake Placid, Northeastern Clinton and Peru all tied for second place at 351. Elizabethtown-Lewis was the top Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference finisher with a 373 total, good for sixth.
“I’m absolutely happy with how the team played,” Saranac Lake coach Chris Stevens said. “The best part of it has been how much the golfers have improved as the season has gone on.
“We knew it was going to be tough this year after losing three starters off last year’s team. But it’s good to win.”
Only one golfer in the field was able to break 80 on Thursday. Northeastern Clinton’s Nolan Reid put together an outstanding 79.
But Saranac Lake had four of its golfers finish in the top 14, including Dustin Fischer, who was second overall with an 82, Ethan Sawyer tied for third with an 84, Teddy Yanchitis with an 87, and Austin Ecret an 88.
“We knew we had a good chance at winning going into the season,” Fischer, a junior captain, said. “What has carried us is our depth — we have so much depth and it goes beyond our top six golfers.
“Even though we lost three starters from last year, the younger golfers have stepped up for us and anybody on our team is capable of leading the way.”
Fischer’s round was also impressive. He took a nine on the eighth hole and shot 45 on the front. He rebounded, however, with a 37 on the back for his 82.