Lake Placid golfers repeat as champs

Olympic luge veteran Jayson Terdiman chips it close on the 13th green while teammates, from left, Nick Politi, Don Mortensen and Ian Coryea follow his shot during Wednesday’s United Way Olympian Celebrity golf tournament. The foursome won the event with a 13-under par round. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — The combination of warm, sunny weather and a golf course in great shape made for an almost perfect day at the Lake Placid Resort on Wednesday.

The 19th annual Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic was played on the resort’s Mountain Course and drew a big field of 35 teams in a four-person scramble tournament to benefit the United Way of the Adirondack Region.

A day with little wind provided near-ideal conditions for shooting low rounds, and for the third time, a group of Lake Placid golfers came through with the victory as Ian Coryea, Don Mortensen, Nick Politi and Jayson Terdiman won the tournament with a 13-under par 57.

Each foursome in the event included a celebrity guest, and Terdiman, a two-time Olympian in luge, helped the team representing Burnham Benefit Advisors capture the tourney title for the third time. The winners earned the Jack Shea Memorial Trophy as the low gross champions.

The runner-up gross score team finished three strokes back, with Ed and John Davis, Dwayne Brainard and Andrew Ernst of Northern Insuring firing a 10-under par 60. Three teams also turned in rounds of 62, with the UVMHN Elizabethtown Community Hospital winding up in third place for low gross.

From left, Mike Fitzgerald, Bruce Garcia, Chad Garcia and Bernie Bullis win the Michael Mannix Memorial Trophy for low net score in Wednesday’s Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic tournament. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

The winning foursome put together an impressive round with a 29 on the front nine and 28 on the back. The score included no bogeys, seven birdies and three eagles, which all came on par-five holes. The group enjoyed their best run of the day during a five-hole stretch they played at eight under par with three eagles and two birdies.

“That kind of jump started us,” Coryea said. “Jayson played really well; made some nice putts and really set the table for us. He’d hit it out there and put it in play”

“They used two of my drives,” Terdiman said with a smile. “Of course they were on short holes, but hey, we used them.”

The choice golf conditions were reflected in the scores as 29 of the 35 competing foursomes shot rounds below par.

The JCEO team of Mike Fitzgerald, Bruce and Chad Garcia and Bernie Bullis captured the Michael Mannix Memorial Trophy as the low net champions. Second place in low net went to Carpenters and Joiners Local 291, and Coryer Staffing placed third in low net.

Mike Fitzgerald and Myranda Miller took top honors in the men’s and women’s long drive contest, and Brian Fish and Kristen Moore won the closest to the pin competitions.

The tournament traditionally features Olympic and national team athletes and coaches, members of local media, area officials and other well-known personalities.