RAY BROOK - Matt Clark may be back to his same old self, and the Saranac Lake golf team is still undefeated.
On Wednesday at the Saranac Lake Golf Club, the Red Storm golfers swept their way to a seventh straight win, and Clark helped lead the way to a 6-0 shutout triumph over Lake Placid.
Clark, Saranac Lake's senior captain, has seen his share of struggles this season while playing in the fifth spot on the team. His scores this spring have been hovering in the high 40s, but in his match Wednesday, Clark turned in one of the low rounds of the day, firing a three-over par 39 to claim a four-stroke win over the Blue Bombers captain Dustin Jacques, whose 43 was his team's lowest round.
Saranac Lake’s Matt Clark watches his tee shot on the eighth hole at Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook during Wednesday’s match against Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Miles Lussi of Lake Placid sinks a putt from the fringe of the seventh green while Saranac Lake golfers Devin Darrah and Ethan Sawyer watch during Wednesday’s match.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
And at the top of the Red Storm order, sophomore Dustin Fischer continued to shine, also shooting a medalist round of 39 in a six-shot triumph over Lake Placid's Nick Reid.
During a match where every player got a soaking from a downpour in the middle of the match, Kyle Dora, Ethan Sawyer, Devin Darrah and Blake Gregory each won for Saranac Lake, which remained at the top of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference standings with a 7-0 record. In the win, all six Red Storm golfers turned in rounds of 44 or better.
"Our depth has been a big factor in every match this season," said Clark, whose top score a year ago on Saranac Lake's home layout was a 37. "I've been in a slump this season, but hopefully I've left that behind with this round. I hit the ball straight today. It felt good."
Dora, one of three seniors playing for Saranac Lake, had his team's high round of 44 but it was good enough for a seven-shot win over Troy Jacques in the No. 2 match.
In the closest match of the day, Sawyer topped Lake Placid's Miles Lussi 41-44 in the third pairing. At No. 4, Darrah defeated Kiefer Casler 43-56. Gregory won the sixth match, defeating Lucas Strack 43-49.
"When you play a team whose 4, 5 and 6 guys shoot 43, 39, 43, you're not going to beat them," said Lake Placid coach John Glinski, whose Blue Bombers dropped to 3-3 with the loss. "Saranac Lake is very good, especially on this course. That's something we knew coming in. Today, we had some guys play pretty well and others struggled a little bit."
Saranac Lake's solid top six also has depth behind it. That was evident in the exhibition matches, as the team's No. 7 player, Teddy Yanchitis, shot a 39 to give the team three golfers with that score on Wednesday.
"It shows our kids' commitment to golf," Saranac Lake head coach Chris Stevens said. "A lot of these kids, right down to our 13th and 14th, play all summer.
"This was a great match between two teams that have good depth in their lineup and it showed by the scores on a day where it rained for a good hour when they were on the course."
The Red Storm golfers will look for their eighth win in a row today when they host defending Section VII champion Plattsburgh starting at 3:30 p.m. Lake Placid's next match will be Friday on the road against Ticonderoga.
Tupper Lake 6, Edwards-Knox 0
CANTON - The Tupper Lake golf team improved to 5-2 in Section X play Wednesday, blanking Edwards-Knox 6-0 at the Partridge Run Golf Course in Canton.
Riley Amell and Robbie LaLonde turned in round-lows of 48 to lead the 'Jacks. Amell posted a two-shot win over Hunter Tuttle in the match between each team's top player, and LaLonde's low score came in a win over Zachary Allen in the No. 3 match.
Also posting wins for Tupper Lake were Rick LaLonde (53), Colton Clark (56), Ben Gieger (60) and Josh Pickering (56).
Tuttle's round of 50 was the low score for his team.
Tupper Lake's golfers return to action Friday in a three-way match against Norwood-Norfolk and Heuvelton in Heuvelton.