Tupper Lake golfers on a roll

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake golf team continued its strong season Wednesday with a win over Brushton-Moira and a tie against undefeated Madrid-Waddington at the Tupper Lake Country Club.

Tupper Lake improved to 7-1-1, putting them a match behind Madrid-Waddington, the first-place team in the Section X, Division II golf standings.

The Lumberjacks beat Brushton-Moira 4-1.

Tupper Lake was led by No. 1 golfer Riley Amell, who shot a 41. The score was good enough to beat Madrid Waddington’s top golfer Jeff Mott, who shot a 47. Brushton-Moira’s Devin Delisle had the best score of the day with a 39. Par is 35 on the front nine.

“I had a few bad holes, but overall I played pretty good,” Amell said. “I hit some really good drives. That was my strong point definitely.”

Amell’s play impressed his coach.

“That’s what we need out of Riley,” Tupper Lake coach Dan Cook said. “That was big. He beat Madrid’s number one, which was big for us today. Those two (Amell and Hudson Sparks) are big. Besides that, everyone shot their average, which you can’t be upset with when they are shooting what they normally shoot. So we are happy with everybody else.”

Sparks is Tupper Lake’s No. 2 golfer. He shot a 47, the same as Alex Hammond of Brushton-Moira and two shots better than Hunter Russell of Madrid-Waddington.

Sparks shot well but thought he could have improved. He lost a few shots after struggling with a ball in the bunker on the eighth hole.

“I can usually shoot a little bit better, but today was sort of an off day, I guess,” Sparks said.

Tupper Lake’s No. 3 golfer Josh Pickering finished with a 53, while teammates Tyler Clark and Ben Geiger shot 53 and 57, respectively.

Cook said one of the keys to this season has been that the golfers in the lineup behind Amell and Sparks have done well.

“To tell you the truth, I think it’s just the consistency,” Cook said. “Everybody is playing around their score every time, so we know what we’re going to get. That’s helped out. There’s nobody blowing it up that’s really hurting us. Everyone is shooting their consistent score.”

Heading into this season, Cook didn’t know what to expect from the team. It is a young squad. Amell is only a freshman and Sparks is a junior, and they were the top two returners. The other boys are all pretty new to playing on varsity. The winning has been a welcome surprise.

“I didn’t predict this record,” Cook said. “I think maybe had predicted Norwood and some of those other schools being a little tougher, and I kind of thought that we wouldn’t be as consistent as we have been. We’ve been really happy with the way the guys have played.”