MALONE - While much of the North Country was being blanketed by thunderstorms Tuesday, dry conditions prevailed in Malone for the Craig Chisum Golf Tournament.
The tournament has been an annual tradition at the Malone Golf Club for more than 20 years and features the top players from Section VII and Section X competing. This year's event took place on the par-72 East Course. For some golfers, the tournament is a final tune-up for this weekend's state championships at Cornell University, and for others, it offers an opportunity to play in one more match at the end of the high school season.
The tournament included three players from each school represented who had the lowest averages during the regular season.
The nine golfers and the alternate representing Section VII at the upcoming state championships gather for a photo following the second round of the sectional tournament at the Westport Country Club on Friday. Front row, from left: Tyler White (Elizabethtown), Dustin Fischer (Saranac Lake), Ethan Votraw (Plattsburgh) and Lucas Wood (Plattsburgh). Back row, from left: Nolan Reid (Northeastern Clinton), Brock Marvin (Elizabethtown), John Hickey (AuSable Valley), Matt Clark (alternate, Saranac Lake), Kyle Dora (Saranac Lake) and MaCullen Cope (Beekmantown).
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Forty-six golfers from across the North Country played, and for the third straight year, Section VII emerged the winner with a stroke average of 87.9. Section X's golfers finished with a 93 average on the 18-hole course.
Two golfers tied for medalist honors, with Devin Delisle from Brushton-Moira and Northeastern Clinton's Nolan Reid firing rounds of 77. Potsdam's Ben Stone and Lucas Wood of Plattsburgh were next with 78s, and Saranac Lake sophomore Dustin Fischer followed with an 81. Fischer tied Elizabethtown senior Brock Marvin for third place among Section VII's golfers
Kyle Bent of Madrid-Waddington was third for Section X with an 82.
Kyle Dora and Ethan Sawyer of Saranac Lake also competed. Dora, a senior who will be making his first appearance in the state championships, carded an 83 and Sawyer, a freshman, turned in an 87.
Nick Reid, Miles Lussi and Pat Kane represented the Lake Placid golf team in the tournament.
The coaches and athletic directors from the schools also went head-to-head in a contest between sections. Section VII successfully defended its Coaches Cup with a 78.5 average. Section X's coaches finished with an 81 average.
Aaron Jones of Madrid-Waddington turned in the top score among the coaches, finishing with a 1-over par 73. Chris Dubay of AuSable Valley and the head of Section VII golf, was runner-up with a 74. Seton Catholic's Steve Moffat and Red Storm head coach Chris Stevens finished tied for third overall with 78s.
"We could see the storms all around, but we stayed dry," Stevens said. "This is always a fun tournament. It's relaxed, there's not a lot of pressure, and the kids really seem to enjoy playing each other."
The tournament is held in memory of Craig Chisum, an avid golfer who was tragically killed by a drunk driver while attending Methodist College in North Carolina in the late 1980s. His father Mel was a longtime PGA golf professional at the Bluff Point Country Club in Plattsburgh. Each year, a scholarship in Chisum's name is awarded to a Franklin Academy student who is pursuing a business degree and has a strong interest in the game of golf.
The state championships include two practice rounds this Friday and Saturday and are followed by competitive rounds Sunday and Monday.