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Mahoney, Stevens earn first NC Junior Golf Tour victories

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MASSENA — The North Country Junior Golf Tour made its final regular season stop on Wednesday at the Massena Golf and Country Club where Mark Mahoney of Canton and Cade Stevens of Gouverneur earned their first career victories in their respective age flights.

Mahoney, who lost playoffs in the previous two events at Partridge Run and Tupper Lake in the 13-15 age division, finally broke through with a career-best round of 76 (+5). One of the longer hitters on the tour, Mahoney played the par 5’s in -two-under and fired an even par 36 on the front nine. Though Mike Rice stayed within striking distance throughout the round, Mahoney sank a 30-foot putt on the 18th to secure the two stroke win. Rice finished second with a 78, while Tanner Courcelle was third with an 84.

Canton’s Jack Finnerty tied for fourth place with a career-low round of 86 that included the first eagle in NCJGT history with a three on the par-5 4th. He tied Danny Christy and Dylan Tyo.

Stevens played two solid nines with matching 43’s for an 86 and a sound nine stroke win in the 16-18 division. Dan Sweet and Austin Comins finished second and third, respectively.

Meanwhile, Adam Szlamczynski completed the regular season sweep with a win on Wednesday on Massena’s back nine. Szlamczynski earned a four-stroke win with a round of 40 (+5) that included four pars, topping runner-up Bodie Molnar. Ryan Jones and Dylan Farr tied for third with 46’s.

Tour players Devin Delisle and Bjorn Kroes competed in the 2014 New York State Junior Boys Amateur at Ridgemont Country Club. Delisle finished tied for 23rd while Kroes was 68th in the impressive field.

The tournament at Massena wraps up the regular season schedule for the NCJGT. Golfers will next compete in the Tour Championship at the Appleton Golf Course at St. Lawrence University on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 10 a.m.

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