Meeting expectations

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake boys golf team picked up its 10th consecutive win Wednesday with a victory over Edwards-Knox at the Tupper Lake Golf Club.

The win keeps the Lumberjacks record perfect at 10-0.

All five Tupper Lake golfers won their matches. Riley Amell once again led the way with a score of 37 to beat Edward-Knox’s top golfer Hunter Tuttle, who had a score of 45.

Josh Pickering (40), Ben Geiger (50), Tyler Clark (50) and Nick Dukette (52) all won their matches. The Edwards-Knox golfers were Ross Curley (65), Mason Fountain (62), Derrick Cutway (65) and Cole Morehouse (74).

Coming into this season, the Tupper Lake team knew it had a chance to be good, and it’s living up to those expectations. They only lost one of their top six golfers from last season.

“I don’t want to say we expected to win every match, but we were the second-place team last year in the regular season, and we won the sectionals last year at Massena and we brought everybody back,” Lumberjacks coach Dan Cook said. “So, I mean, we had expectations that we should do really well. It’s kind of a different story if you have the expectations and actually live up to them, so they’ve done a very good job of living up to the hype.”

Cook said one of the keys has been the consistent play of his golfers. They’ve done a good job of not making big mistakes.

“My top six guys all have a scoring average of 50 or below,” Cook said. “My highest guy has a 50.4, I think. And that’s out of my top six. All around, we have Riley at the top and then beside that, we have five other guys that are just really solid. We don’t really shoot many bad rounds. We don’t give up points that we should get. There’s never that fluke day that we lose four points because someone had a bad day.”

Amell right now is the top Division II golfer in Section X. The sophomore has an average of 41.5 in matches.

“He just plays the game well,” Cook said. “He navigates through the course. He’s a very smart golfer. He keeps the ball in the fairway.”

Tupper Lake’s last regular match is Friday when it travels to Clifton-Fine. The team will then travel to Potsdam next Friday and Saturday for sectional play. The first day will be the team competition, followed by the individual one Saturday.

Amell should have a good chance of competing on the second day, which will determine who goes to states.

“The way we’ve been shooting, we are expecting to do very well at sectionals and on an individual basis, we’re looking – Riley has a very strong chance to make it back to states,” Cook said. “He was there last year. He has a very good chance to make it back again for Section X, and we’re hoping one or two other guys can at least make it to second day of sectionals and maybe surprise us and make it to states.”