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Young guns top veterans in Bullock tournament

July 4, 2012
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC INN - A year ago, a foursome who could be considered coaching legends at Saranac Lake were able to hold off a young team in a three-hole playoff to triumph in the fourth annual Bullock Redskin Alumni Golf Tournament.

But youth prevailed this time around.

On Saturday at Saranac Inn, the father-and-son team of Sean and Michael Phelan joined Patrick McHugh and Dana Tarantelli to come out on top as the four-person scramble tournament celebrated its fifth year.

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From left, Mike Phelan, Patrick McHugh, Dana Tarantelli and Sean Phelan fired a 12-under par to win Saturday’s fifth annual Bullock Redskin Alumni Golf Tournament at Saranac Inn.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

The winning foursome, which included three recent Saranac Lake graduates who combined to claim multiple championships playing on the Red Storm golf team, fired a 12-under-par 62 to post a two-stroke victory over last year's champions, who finished second with a still-impressive 60. The winning team included a past Section VII individual high school champion in McHugh and two current collegiate golfers in Tarantelli and Mike Phelan.

"The young guns did it this year," said Tarantelli, who recently finished his junior year at SUNY Oswego and plays on the Lakers golf team. "They beat the team I was on in a playoff last year, and we turned the tables this time. We're pretty excited. We played well."

Sean Phelan said he was proud to be playing alongside "the kids," who he described as lifelong friends.

"They all grew up together," Sean Phelan said. "I was honored when they asked me to play with them in this tournament, and I had so much fun watching those guys do their thing on the golf course. We even used some of my shots. I think Dana may have done the best for us. He played great."

"We did about as well as we were going to do," said John Raymond, who was on the second-place team along with Mark Gilligan, Jim Hayden and Tim Munn. "We did all right for a bunch of old guys. You can't complain about finishing 10-under. We putted really well. We were good on the greens."

Seth Shatraw was the force behind establishing the alumni tournament, which is held in honor of another coaching legend at Saranac Lake - Bruce Bullock - and raises money for the school's athletic programs. The inaugural tournament was held at Craig Wood and has been played at Saranac Inn since that time.

On Saturday, a field of 37 teams with 148 golfers, including dozens of Saranac Lake High School graduates, enjoyed their round under sunny skies and warm temperatures. Even a handful of Tupper Lake-area golfers showed up to play a round of golf while helping the cause.

Third place went to the team of Doug Cochran, Scott Delair, Drew White and Lucas Manning with a 64. Two teams carded 65s to round out the top five as Kurt and Victoria Sturgeon, J.D. Levitt and John Peria finished tied for fourth with Bryan and John Morgan, Ed Gibbs and Bob Mojo.



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