Tupper golf on the upswing

Bryce Davison tees off on the first hole at the Tupper Lake Golf Club on Thursday afternoon during a match against Norwood-Norfolk. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

TUPPER LAKE — Despite suffering another loss Thursday afternoon, the Tupper Lake golf team shot its best round of the season, and the young team looks like it will be a force to reckon with in the future.

The Lumberjacks fell to Norwood-Norfolk, which shot a cumulative score of 211 while Tupper Lake shot 318.

Tupper Lake coach Matthew Bancroft said the future looks bright for the team that is made up of one sophomore, an eighth-grader and a handful of freshmen.

“Steady progress. The team score has come down every match. The kids’ scores are coming down,” Bancroft said. “A couple kids have gone from 80s down to 60s, (and) one kid went from almost a 120 down to a 65 the other day.

“So just being able to see those numbers (plummet) is so nice.”

Tupper Lake eighth-grader Pat Clark tees off during Thursday's match against Norwood-Norfolk. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Riley Gillis shot a season-best 50 on the Tupper Lake Golf Club course Thursday, while number one swinger Bryce Davison shot a 66. Pat Clark shot a 68 from the second position, Gillis was in the third slot, Nick Skiff tallied a 70, Jeremiah Bell a 64 and Logan Dominie rounded out the effort with a 78.

Bancroft said before the start of play back in April that the young age of the team could be a weakness this season, but as the season has gone on, he thinks all of his golfers will be back next year, better and more ready to play than ever.

“We’re still not at the point where we’re competing against the bigger schools,” he said. “But the nice thing is we’re such a young squad. I’ve coached kids for a lot of years, and one thing I know is that ninth graders are a little squirrely. So I’m really looking forward to those guys coming out (next year).”

The squad is winless on the season, but Bancroft said in the first match of the season the team shot a combined score of over 400, and has now dropped down to just above 300.

The Lumberjacks take on Canton on Monday in Tupper Lake at 3 p.m.

Nick Skiff, of Tupper Lake, knocks the ball out of a sand trap Thursday. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Tupper Lake’s Riley Gillis watches his putt roll toward the hole Thursday. Gillis went on to shoot his best round of the season, a 50 which that was the Lumberjacks’ lowest score of the year. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)