RAY BROOK - Defending a championship isn't always an easy thing. But the team of brothers Mark and Mike Laramee, and Mike Knapp and Tim Loftus were not only able to retain their title in the Larry Stringer Memorial Golf Tournament, they did it resoundingly.
On Saturday at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook, the team captured first place for the second straight year in the fifth annual Larry Stringer Memorial Golf Tournament. They slashed five shots off their winning score from a summer ago in the four-person scramble event, which featured 22 teams this year.
The Laramees, Knapp and Loftus finished with an impressive 57 playing the nine-hole layout twice, which was 13-under par. They recorded 11 birdies and an eagle en route to the win. Their score was two strokes better than the runner-up foursome of Bill Vaughn, Jay Courcelle, Jason Walker and Jim Strack, who turned in a 59 to claim second place. That foursome won the tournament in 2010 with a 10-under par.
Tom Strack, left, watches teammate Kyle Willette chip during Saturday’s fifth annual Larry Stringer Memorial Tournament at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook. Their squad, which also included Craig Laird and Devin Darrah, shot a six-under par 64 to finish fifth.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
In what has grown into a new tradtion each June, the tournament field was already filled weeks before the event took place. The top two foursomes were the only two teams that shot rounds in the 50s.
There was even an award for the last place team "The Baker Girls" which included Carol, Colleen and Cathy Baker and Barb Martin, who combined to shoot a 78.
Dave Buske won the men's closest to the pin and Suzie McClure won the women's closest to the pin. Matt Laramee and Carol Baker won their respective men's and women's long drive competitions.
This marked the fifth year the Larry Stringer Memorial Tournament has raised scholarship money for Saranac Lake High School students. The tourney is held in memory of Larry Stringer, who called the Saranac Lake Golf Club his home course. He was also an owner and popular bartender at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake, where the post tournament award ceremony and a pig roast dinner was held following the day of golf Saturday.