A tough day to play golf turned into a great day for a young OFA Golf team at the St. Lawrence State Park on Wednesday.
Led by Dillon Binion who shot a co-medalist 43 from the sixth position of the lineup, the Blue Devils underscored Potsdam 222-237 to hand the defending NAC Division I and Section 10 Champion Sandstoners their first loss in three years.
I knew we had an opportunity to win playing on our home course in the first match of the season. We dont have a senior in the lineup and we have a lot of young guys who have worked very hard. We practiced in tough conditions this year and today the guys played well in tough conditions said OFA Coach Joe Lynch after the match which was staged in cold, damp conditions with intermittent rain.
I want to thank Doug Horton whose leases the golf course from the state. He gives the guys on a team a junior membership and six or seven of my top players were up here all the time all summer playing and improving their games.
Binion shared medalist honors with Potsdams Ben Stone who tallied a 43 in the second position. Conor Hannan and Brandon Mullin both carded 44s in the top two spots of the OFA lineup and Tristan Moore and Jed McRoberts fashioned rounds of 46 and 45 to round out the winning total. Alec Manke shot a nonscoring 49 in the fifth position.
Rounding out the Stoners scoring total on Wednesday were: a 49 by Ryan McDonald and 50s by Dustin LaValley and Dan Stone. Dan Cruikshanks 51 did not count toward the scoring.
In NAC Division I Golf six players from each team are entered into the match lineup with the top five scores counted toward a team total.
We obviously had an off day but OFA worked hard and scored a very nice win. Congratulations to their players and coach and we are looking forward to rematch on our course, said Potsdam Coach Steve Kmack.
We are a little thinner this year than we have been in the past so our number one and two guys have to shoot up to their potential in every match. And our other guys have to shoot much better than we did today.
This should be a good confidence boost for the guys heading into some tough matches on the other courses in the league, said Coach Lynch.
The OFA alternates also showed promise in the season opener. Jack Manke shot a 47 followed by Aaron Peo 48, Justin Ross 49 and Colin Ross 56.