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Christy notches first North Country Junior Golf Tour win

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CANTON - Canton native Danny Christy earned his first victory on the North Country Junior Golf Tour on Tuesday afternoon at Patridge Run Golf and Country Club, defeating Mark Mahoney with a par on the first playoff hole to claim the 13-15 age division title.

Meanwhile, Devin Delisle (16-18) and Adam Szlamczynski (12-and-younger) each won their respective flights for the third straight tournament.

Twenty-eight players teed it up on the third stop on the tour’s 2014 schedule. Christy trailed by two strokes at the turn with a front nine 43, but continued to battle on the back with pars at 13, 16 and 17 en route to an 85. Mahoney, playing in the group behind, needed par for the win on the 18th, but made bogie to land a spot in the playoff with Christy. Playing the par-4 first hole, Christy found the green in regulation while Mahoney missed to the right on his approach. After Mahoney failed to get up-and-down for par, Christy lagged his putt within a foot of the hole and tapped in for the victory.

“I left a few out there today, but played pretty well to earn a spot in the playoff,” said Christy, who played for the Canton Golden Bears high school team this spring. “I hit my best drive of the day in the playoff and hit a solid approach and putt to make a four.”

Brandon Palmer finished two shots out of the playoff in the 13-15 age division with an 87, while Mike Rice shot a back nine 39 for an 88 and fourth overall. Bjorn Kroes and Tanner Courcelle rounded out the top-5 with matching 89’s.

Devin Delisle continued his impressive play in the 16-18 age division, winning by eight strokes over Davis Sprague with a 76. Delisle pared 11 of the opening 12 holes to build a sizeable lead, and despite a few missteps on the back nine, a birdie on the 18th gave him his third win of the season. Sprague’s round of 84 was good for second place ahead of Cade Stevens.

Finally, the 12-and-Younger division was once again a competitive showdown amongst several players. Szlamczysnki trailed by a three strokes with two to play, but made back-to-back pars including an 18-foot putt par save on the ninth to post 45. When John Mahoney’s putt for bogie on the ninth missed, it gave him a 46 and clinched the event for Szlamczynski, with Potsdam’s Tyler Berkman finished in third for the second straight event with a 49.

Players throughout the field continue to improve their scoring averages, including season low scores from 13-year olds Andy Downs (98) and Matt Delisle (93).

The North Country Junior Golf Tour will make its next stop on Thursday, July 31, at the Tupper Lake Golf Club.

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