Westport Plattsburgh High senior Ethan Votraw made his fifth Section VII team that will compete at the NYSPHSAA golf tournament this week.
What was new this time around was that Votraw will head to Cortland as the Section VII individual champion.
“I was hitting the ball well all day and kept playing good golf through the back nine,” Votraw said after carding a two-day 149, two strokes ahead of defending champion John Hickey of AuSable Valley at the Westport Country Club May 24-25.
“Coming into this tournament, the goal is always to get to states,” he said. “It’s awesome to finally win the tournament.”
The win capped a strong senior year for the Hornet standout, who was part of the soccer teams run to a sectional final and the basketballs state quarterfinal push.
“Soccer was a little bit of a letdown, because we wanted more,” Votraw said. “Basketball was a big plus and golf was a great season.”
Votraw said the key to his fifth trip to the state tournament will be improving on the greens.
“Last year I think I had like five three-putts,” Votraw said of his T-17 performance. “If I can putt better and hit the ball like I am, I should be able to improve on that finish. Like (AVCS coach Chris) Dubay always says, its just a golf course that you need to go out and play.”
Saranac Lake, who won the team title by 16 strokes over Elizabethtown-Lewis, had all six of their golfers playing on day two. Dustin Fischer, who birdied three holes on the back nine to card a 158 and Kyle Dora with a 166 both advanced to the state tournament, while Matt Clark (171) finished as the alternate for the second year. Ethan Sawyer (172), Devin Darrah (178) and Blake Gregory (189) also made the second day for the Red Storm.