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Johnstown hosts Amsterdam in season opener

Johnstown's Will Gerlach putts the ball on the second green at Fox Run Golf Club as the Sir Bills opened their Foothills Council campaign Monday against Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — They may have been wearing masks, but you could tell there were big smiles on the faces of the Johnstown and Amsterdam golfers as they teed off for the first time this season Monday at Fox Run Golf Club.

“We are excited to just be out here and doing something again,” Johnstown coach Jay Holland said. “We practiced last week and have some young kids we are teaching the rules to.”

Teams in the Foothills Council will play against schools in their divisions twice this fall.

Johnstown, Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Gloversville and Scotia-Glenville comprise the Foothills Council South division, while Queensbury, Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Hudson Falls and Schuylerville make up the North.

Amsterdam got its season off to a good start defeating the host Sir Bills 174-202.

Johnstown's Aiden Greene chips the ball onto the green on the second hole at Fox Run Golf Club as the Sir Bills opened their Foothills Council campaign Monday against Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CJ Durinick led the Rams (1-0) with his round of 39 over the Fox Run front nine. Andy Welch added a 43, while Ryan Welch shot 45 and Dan Riley rounded out the scoring with a 47.

Will Gerlach led Johnstown (0-1) with his round of 44, while Aiden Greene shot 48 and Wyatt Frasier and Carter Cheney both carded 55s.

“I am just thrilled we have this opportunity,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “We had 16 players come out and they are all working hard to get better and they can get better. We got a couple of football guys and a couple soccer players come out so it has helped with the numbers and with competition. It was unfortunate for the soccer and football teams to get their seasons pushed to the spring, but it has given opportunities for some of these other guys”

Johnstown also had players come out from teams that had their seasons pushed to the spring.

“The turnout was good,” Holland said. “We were capped at 10 players and had nine come out. We had two field hockey players and two football players who decided they wanted to play golf because they really like it. We were able to put together a girls team this year and they will be competing against some of the girls in the Foothills South division.”

Amsterdam's C.J. Durinick hits from the fairway on the second hold at Fox Run Golf Club as the Rams opened their Foothills Council campaign Monday against Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Both squads wore face coverings, many bearing the mascots of their respective schools, while social distancing as much as possible and observing the rules set down by the state golf association for the local courses to be open.

“Just getting out here is great,” Holland said. “We want to make sure we do this right and take all the precautions we can so we can kind of be the precursor for the sports coming back in the winter and the spring.”

Amsterdam is slated to play Scotia-Glenville on Thursday at Stadium Golf Course, while the Sir Bills are scheduled to play Broadalbin-Perth on Friday at Holland Meadows Golf Course.

Broadalbin-Perth 169, Scotia-Glenville 229

SCHENECTADY – The four Broadalbin-Perth scorers finished within four strokes of each other as the Patriots opened their Foothills Council season with a victory over host Scotia-Glenville Monday at Stadium Golf Course.

Amsterdam's C.J. Durinick follows his shot off the first tee at Fox Run Golf Club as the Rams opened their Foothills Council campaign Monday against Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Connor Canale led the Patriots (1-0) with his round of 40, while Landon Russom shot 42, Nate Phillips 43 and Brandon Miller 44.

Dante Bianchi led the Tartans (0-1) with a 49, while John Burke carded a 59, Joshua Frament 60 and Henry Jones finished with a round of 61.

Scotia-Glenville will travel to play Gloversville, which had an opening-day bye, on Wednesday at the Kingsboro Golf Club. Broadalbin-Perth is slated to play at Gloversville on Thursday.

WAC

Mayfield/Northville 15, Fort Plain 0

Johnstown's Will Gerlach drives the ball off the first tee at Fox Run Golf Club as the Sir Bills opened their Foothills Council campaign Monday against Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CANAJOHARIE — Tyler Maple finished with a five-over par 27 in a six-hole Western Athletic Conference match to lead Mayfield/Northville to a win over Fort Plain at Canajoharie Golf and Country Club.

Andrew Cordone posted a 27 for Mayfield/Northville, while Trevor Ruberti and Aiden Martuscello each had rounds of 28. George Abdella and Jordan Miller each posted rounds of 32 for Mayfield/Northville.

Evan Crouse paced Fort Plain with a 29, while Owin Landry carded a 34. Rob Rogers and Quinnlan Brown each had round of 35, Brady Keane had a 39 and Pat LeMoine posted a 50.

Fort Plain is slated to face Canajoharie today at 4 p.m. at Canajoharie Golf and Country Club.

Mayfield-Northville is set to host Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at Hales Mills Country Club in Johnstown on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Canajoharie 12.5, OESJ 2.5

DOLGEVILLE — Kyle Oertel and Tyler Montanye each carded rounds of 25 over six holes to lead Canajoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at Hopson Hills Golf Course.

Jack Krug posted a 29 for the Cougars, Riley Montanye had a 31 and Braden Groesbeck carded a 35. Jaxson O’Neil added a 39 for Canajoharie.

Brandon Hulten posted OESJ’s low round with a 32, while Blake Bergan added a 35. Josie Brundage and Anderson Eggleston each had rounds of 36 for OESJ, while Jesse Watson carded a 38.

David Doxtater added a 42 for the Wolves, who are scheduled to travel to Hales Mills Country Club in Johnstown to face Mayfield-/Northville on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Canajoharie is slated to return to action today, hosting Fort Plain at Canajoharie Golf and Country Club at 4 p.m.

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