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LP golf aces first test of season

May 12, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid golf team faced its toughest test of the season so far Thursday when it hosted Moriah, and the Blue Bombers came through with flying colors at Craig Wood to keep their unbeaten record intact.

The match featured two teams without a loss, and Lake Placid notched a 5 1/2-1/2 victory to improve to 5-0 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference standings. The Vikings dropped to 5-1 in the league with the setback.

With the win, Lake Placid is now left standing as the only undefeated team in the CVAC.

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Bjorn Kroes watches his approach shot head toward the 15th green during Thursday’s high school match. The Blue Bombers senior was one of three golfers who shared medalist honors with rounds of even-par 35s.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

In what could be a preview for the battle for individual title at the upcoming Section VII tournament, just like it was a year ago, the two top golfers on each team finished tied with even-par 35s to pick up a half point. That match featured Moriah's Joey Stahl, the defending sectional champion, and Lake Placid's Bjorn Kroes, who lost to Stahl in a playoff a season ago in Section VII tournament.

Kroes came through big time to deadlock his match, sinking a bending, sloping 10-foot putt on the 18th hole for a birdie after Stahl nailed his approach shot about a foot away from the cup. Kroes and Stahl both shot the exact same scores on each hole on Craig Wood's back nine.

Lake Placid won the other five contests with rounds ranging from 36 to 42.

"When your highest scorer comes in with a 42, that's pretty good golf," said coach John Glinski, whose Blue Bombers are shooting for their fourth straight unbeaten regular season. "I'm happy with our consistency. We knew it was going to be a tough match. I just think we were deeper."

Playing in the first foursome along with Bjorn Kroes and Stahl, Drew Maiorca of Lake Placid and Moriah's Kyle Wilson also dueled shot for shot in the No. 2 match. In the end, Maiorca fired an even-par 35 to edge out Wilson by a stroke. The final hole also proved to decide their match, with Maiorca finishing with a par and Wilson carding a bogey on a missed short putt.

"It was really exciting golf, it was really good golf," Glinski said. "The top four combined shot one over par. That was impressive."

Ryan Kane, Sean Moore, Lars Kroes and Kevin Geesler each earned wins for the Blue Bombers. Playing in the third spot, Kane fired a 38 to knock off Moriah's Alex Larrow by seven strokes. Moore defeated Brandon Hammond 40-47 at No. 4, Lars Kroes topped Nick Rotella 42-51 in the fifth match, and Geesler topped Thomas Clark 41-45 in the sixth match.

"That was the most fun our guys have had playing golf," Glinski said. "I think the kids from both teams really enjoyed themselves, really enjoyed playing golf together. Two good teams going at it on a sunny day.

"We started out with three on the road, and its finally nice to be playing at home," Glinski added. "We're really coming together."

The Blue Bombers are back at Craig Wood today to host Northeastern Clinton. Then starting on Monday, the team will play four matches in as many days, including their regular-season finale at home Thursday against Saranac Lake.



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