HORSEHEADS – Trumansburg overcame tricky weather and unbeaten Elmira Notre Dame on Wednesday to capture the Large School title at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference golf championship tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.
Blue Raiders junior Danny Lapp shot a 7-over-par 78 to earn overall medalist honors by one stroke over Notre Dame senior Zach Brand. Trumansburg finished with a score of 422 and captured its fourth IAC title in the last five years. Lapp was tournament medalist for the fourth straight year.
“They played reasonably well for the conditions,” Trumansburg head coach Rob Reakes said of his team. “The conditions were tough. It was really cold this morning. It was windy. It was hard to keep your hands. When you can’t feel your hands, you can’t putt and you can’t chip. Those were reasonable scores considering.”
Defending champion Notre Dame, coming off a 14-0 regular season that included a victory over Trumansburg, took second out of nine Large School teams with a 450, followed by Dryden with a 465.
Tioga won the Small School championship with a 465. Defending champion Marathon was second out of nine teams at 499. Sharing medalist honors in the Small School Division were Tioga’s Noah Schumacher and Union Springs’ Cameron Anthony, who each carded 85s.
Lapp’s title came less than a week after he earned medalist honors at the Section 4 state qualifier at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course to qualify for states for the fourth time. He was medalist Monday with a 69 as Trumansburg won the Section 4 Class C title at Marathon.
“It was a tough one out there today. I putted pretty good, but I just couldn’t get it in the fairways,” Lapp said.
On the 11th hole, Lapp hit the ball in the pond and ended up with a triple-bogey. He bounced back with three birdies and a bogey over the next four holes.
“I was like, ‘Gosh, I’ve got to get my round going,’ ” he said. “It kind of clicked and I was like, ‘I’ve got to get those shots back.’ It worked out good.”
Aaron Oliver, Bryce Zdyb and Lennart Stasche each added 85s for Trumansburg. Matt Haefner contributed an 89.
“Honestly, I thought we were going to do worse,” Lapp said. “Three 85s, one 78 and one 89, that’s pretty good for this kind of weather.”
Trumansburg had a 13-2 record in winning the IAC North Large School title, with the losses coming to South members Notre Dame and Watkins Glen. Lapp was out of the lineup against the Senecas, resting a shoulder injury from basketball season.
“It’s fun to play against teams that are good,” Reakes said of facing Notre Dame. “It brings out the best in you. We played them early, when I hadn’t really established a rotation. They got us early, which was a good thing.”
Brand, who also qualified for the state meet, had four three-putts Wednesday that ultimately cost him a chance at the title. He won the Dean Winters Award for low score by a senior.
“My long game was fine,” he said. “I was hitting the ball well, I was chipping well, but I would get on the greens and I just never felt confident with the way I was putting today and it ended up costing me.
“I thought it was a good day. I thought we played in some tough conditions. The wind was howling, to say the least. I bet it was around 20 miles per hour at some points. And it was kind of cold in the beginning of the round. All things considered, I thought it was a pretty good round of golf.”
Mike Stearns added an 83 to place fifth for the Crusaders, who will get a chance to win the Section 4 Class D title Thursday at SUNY Delhi.
“Obviously, our matches are nine holes in the regular season,” Brand said. “We don’t really get out to play 18 holes a lot. The sectional tournament is big. That’s the one we really want. Use today as a learning experience to see what it’s like to play 18 holes as a team and come back tomorrow having learned from today and playing better.”
Lansing’s Nic Whitaker took third overall Wednesday with an 80. Watkins Glen’s Ryan Clark was fourth with an 82.
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