Bombers clinging to title hopes

Lake Placid’s Brady Tromblay chips onto the 12th green at Craig Wood Golf Course during Friday’s match against Northeastern Clinton. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid golf team kept its hopes alive to claim a sixth straight Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championship, but just barely.

Playing on their home layout, the back-nine at Craig Wood, the Blue Bombers edged Northeastern Clinton in a tiebreaker on Friday. Three Lake Placid golfers and three Northeastern Clinton players captured wins, so the outcome was determined by adding the lowest four scores shot by members of each team. When those rounds were tallied up, Lake Placid slipped past NCCS 194-199 to improve to 8-1 with one match remaining in the regular season.

“It was a close match,” Lake Placid coach John Glinski said. “Like us, they are pretty solid with their top two guys. And like us, they are pretty young the rest of the way.”

With a young team, winning a CVAC crown for the sixth year in a row will be a lofty task for Lake Placid. In order to get the job done, the Blue Bombers will need to take down unbeaten Peru in their final match on Monday on the Indians’ home course at the Adirondack Golf Club.

“We’ll give it a shot,” Glinski said. “Obviously, Peru is the favorite being unbeaten and playing on their own course, but golf is a fickle game.”

Jack Armstrong of Lake Placid follows the flight of his tee shot on the par-3, 13th hole on Friday. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

If Lake Placid can pull off what would be a huge win, the CVAC season would end in a three-way tie for the top for the second year in a row. The other squad that would be in the mix is Saranac Central, which also is a one-loss team that beat Lake Placid on Thursday.

In Friday’s competition, Jack Armstrong, Brady Tromblay and Brendan Bullock were victorious for the Blue Bombers, while Ben Lloyd, Logan O’Connor and Ben Fredette posted wins for the Cougars.

Lloyd, who represented Section VII in the state championships a season ago, was Friday’s medalist with a 42. He defeated Hunter Wilmot by seven strokes in the contest between each team’s top golfer. Armstrong, a freshman, had the low round for Lake Placid, carding a 44 in the No. 2 position to top Chase Letourneau, also by seven shots.

In the third pairing, Tromblay edged Jace O’Connor 54-55, and Bullock won the fourth match, defeating Caleb Trombley 49-52.

The Cougars took the fifth and sixth matches, with Logan O’Connor nipping Cole Jacques 54-55, and Fredette getting past Chris Byrne 54-60.

“Jack Armstrong had one of his better rounds, and Brendan Bullock shot a good round, and that was key,” Glinski said.

Another factor in the win was a strong finish by Tromblay, who was able to shake off shooting an 11 on Craig Wood’s par-4, 14th hole. The eighth-grader finished with a par and three bogeys over the final four holes to come out on top.

“Brady was down by seven strokes with five holes to go, and told me ‘I knew I had to start playing better,'” Glinski said. “He really beared down and came through. That was big for us.”

The Blue Bombers and the rest of the teams from the CVAC, as well as golfers from the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference head back to Craig Wood next week for the Section VII championships, which take place on Thursday and Friday.

Lake Placid enters the tournament on its home course as the defending champion and has also claimed that title four times in the past five years.