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High school golf: IHC’s Bamann aces Frontier League title

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WELLESLEY ISLAND — Mike Bamann’s putter wasn’t working the way he wanted Tuesday at the Thousand Islands Country Club.

Fortunately, all of his other clubs were responding for the junior from Immaculate Heart Central — so much so that he carded the low round of the day by four shots, shooting a 3-over-par 74, to earn medalist honors at the 2014 Frontier League Golf Championships.

With a substantial wind, and a very wet course facing the field, Bamann took control with a 1-over-par 38 on the front nine and came home in 2-over-par 36. He recorded three birdies, made six bogeys and nine pars.

Sportsmanship winner Nik Shangraw of Alexandria carded a 78 to finish second. LaFargeville teammates Seth Hoover (79), Dan Leek (80) and Matt Briggs (81) completed the top five.

“I thought I could finish somewhere in the top 10,’’ said Bamann, a left-hander. “But the course was playing pretty tough even though a lot of the tees were up. I hit it really well from tee to green, but I really didn’t make many putts or it could have been better.”

Bamann made a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 3 and a 10-footer on the par-5 fifth for birdie. He then stiffed his third shot to within a foot for a tap-in birdie on the par-5 ninth hole.

The play of the LaFargeville trio, as well as teammate Cameron Rapant, who shot 83, helped the Red Knights end Alexandria’s nine-year winning streak atop the “D” Division.

In fact, LaFargeville’s team score of 515 was the lowest score of the day by any of the 12 teams.

Watertown earned the “A” Division title with a score of 618, led by Chris Netto who shot 85.

South Jefferson won another “B’’ Division crown, posting a score of 524. Brad Lalone paced the Spartans with an 82 and Josh Sullivan shot 85.

And South Lewis dethroned perennial “C’’’ Division champion Thousand Islands, winning the closest of the divisions by just five shots, 550-555.

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