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Canton Prevails Over Massena, OFA For Golf Title

Canton's Ryan Jones held a two-stroke lead over Salmon River's Evan Collette, 78-80, heading into today's second round of the the Section 10 Golf Championship at the Potsdam Town and Country Club.

But the Golden Bear freshman was feeling no pressure because his primary goal of the weekend had been accomplished when he led his team to his school's first Section 10 team title since 2004.

"I am just so happy for the guys that we could win this title today. That means so much more to me than individual honors," said Jones who was honored as the Division II MVP in the NAC Awards Ceremony where Dylan Farr of Gouverneur was cited as the Division I MVP. Farr stood fourth heading into today's second round at 83 and Massena's Colin Patterson held third place at 81.

"We worked very hard. We were on the range together starting when the COVID thing hit last year and we play together all of the time. But I feel good heading into the second round. I am hitting my irons really well and it should be warmer and it should be fun," added Jones who shot a 38 on the front nine Friday and then bounced back from an eight after a run-in with the diabolical bunker on the 12th hole to shoot a back nine 40.

Salmon River's Collette played his way into second place as a first year varsity golfer who previously played baseball. When COVID pandemic hit last spring he found golf as an outlet for recreation and competition and expanded his skills.

"These guys just love golf and they support each other. They will go out and play nine or even 18 holes together after practice. They have worked so hard and they deserve this championship. And we have a very young team" said Canton Coach Rob Brown.

"They all look up to Ryan Jones and love to play with him. Heading into the second round Ryan is in great shape, he is a great player and a very good putter."

The NAC Division II Champion Bears earned the title by a one-stroke margin over Massena, 467-468. NAC Division I Champion OFA finished at 470 on a day when the overall scoring rose as the temperature plunged to 39 degrees for Friday morning's tee-off. "The cold weather made it tough. Especially after we had warm weather for the past three weeks. The ball doesn't carry as well in the cold and players have a tough time getting loose," said OFA Coach Matt Morley.

Jones at 78 was followed in Canton's scoring by sophomores Sam Sieminski at 86, John O'Neill at 89 and Brad Frank at 118 and junior Cayden Cady 96. As MVP Jones and Sieminski earned First Team All-NAC Division II honors along with Jace Dutch of Norwood-Norfolk, Evan Collette of Salmon River and Billy LaPierre of Colton-Pierrepont. Second Team honors went to John O'Neill and Cayden Cady of Canton, Carter Johnson and Connor Dishaw of Salmon River and Ryley Ashley of Norwood-Norfolk.

Massena was led to second place in Friday's team championship by Colin Patterson at 81 followed by Kevin Perry at 93, Shea Scully at 98, Sean Murphy at 104, Adian Mackenzie at 92.

The Raiders also celebrated the Girls Championship won by eighth grader Meghan Firnstein who shot a 93 for a 10-stroke lead over teammate Gracie Siddon in the 18-hole event.

"Meghan Firnstein comes from a baseball family and she lives just off the second hole of our course. When the pandemic hit last spring she was on the course everyday playing and working on her game," said Massena Coach Mike Matejick.

"She did it all on own."

OFA's third place finish was a disappointment for the Blue Devils but Coach Morley said that it did nothing to diminish what they achieved in the regular season. "We went in with no real expectations for what happened. We lost our first match but we got on a roll as it got warmer and the guys fed off it. Different guys stepped up all the time," said Morley.

"Ethan Bouchard and Jack Mills were medalists in three matches, Nick McRoberts was medalist twice and Tim McLellan was medalist once. It was a lot of fun."

McRoberts led the Devils on Friday with an 86, Bouchard followed with an 89, McLellan at 92, Jack Mills at 98 and Gabe Clark at 105. Mills, McRoberts and Bouchard all earned First Team All-NAC Division I honors along with Gouverneur's MVP Dylan Farr and Massena's Colin Patterson. Second Team honors went to Dawson Miletch of Malone, Drew Harmer of Madrid-Waddington, Aiden MacKenzie of Massena, Tim McLellan of OFA and Christos Theodore of Potsdam.

Twenty-four golfers advanced to today's second round tee off at 8:52 a.m. with the cut off being 102.

SECTION 10 BOYS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Canton 467: Ryan Jones 78, John O'Neill 89, Cayden Cady 96, Ethan Furnia 131, Sam Sieminski 86, Brad Frank 118.

Massena 468: Colin Patterson 81, Kevin Perry 93, Shea Scully 98, Jack Violi 113, Sean Murphy 104, Adian Mackenzie 92.

OFA 470: Jack Mills 98, Nick McRoberts 86, Ethan Bouchard 89, Tim McLellan 92, Gabe Clark 105, Landin McDonald 125.

Gouverneur 497: Dylan Farr 83, Sully Rumble 104, Raine Rumble 88, Wyatt Holmes 110, Avery Hayden 112, Nathan Shattuck 117.

Malone 504: Jack Monette 93, Dawson Miletich 95, Owen Eels 103, Sam Eels 112, Evan Miller 101.

Salmon River 490: Even Collette 80, Jared Showen 115, Carter Johnson 94, Gavin Cook-Avery 97, Carter Dishaw 104, Eystn Wylie 124.

Norwood-Norfolk: Jace Dutch 87, Rhett Ashley 119, Ryley Ashley 102.

Clifton-Fine: Zach Palmer 122, Matthew Daniels 91, Thomas Smith 126.

Tupper Lake: Patrick Clark 107.

Potsdam: Christos Theodore 102, Louis Cruikshank 116.

Madrid-Waddington: Drew Harmer 102.

SECTION 10 GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Meghan Firnstein (Mass) 93, Gracie Siddon (Mass) 103, Kayla Bingham (SR) 104, L. LaShomb 137.

Canton's Ryan Jones led his team to the Section 10 Golf title on Friday. Dave Shea Photos




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