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Marvin advances to state golf meet; local teams ousted early

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Nate Devins finished 15th at the Section VII golf championships.

— For the second year, there will be a Marvin at the NYSPHSAA championship golf tournament.

Junior Connor Marvin used rounds of 84 and 86 at the Section VII golf championships May 23-24 at the Saranac Inn, placing in a tie for fifth place making it to the state tournament.

“I’m happy with it,” Marvin said about his two days of golf in poor weather conditions. “It could not have been more than 40 out there. It was cold and raining, which makes it hard to hit.”

Marvin said he had some struggles on the front nine both days, but was able to score well on the back.

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Cortland White finished 19th.

“Both days I think I got a little upset a couple times on the front, but on the back nine I stayed in it and made a couple of birdies.”

Marvin helped lead the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions to a fifth-place finish on day one of the sectionals, when team champions are determined as well as the golfers who will compete for the nine spots on the Section VII state team.

“This is the fifth year we have sent a golfer to states and our 11th straight MVAC title,” Marvin said. “As Smit (Marvin, head coach and Connor’s father) said, this is the chance to be part of a dynasty.”

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Dakoda Latford finished 30th.

Marvin heads to the state tournament a year after his brother, Brock, went.

“Brock broke the school record for the lowest score at the state tournament last year so the main thing is that Brock has it coming for him with that record,” Connor said.

Marvin was the only valley golfer to make the state team, while three others made it to the second day of competition. Nate Devins of AuSable Valley finished 15th with rounds of 88 and 93, while Cortland White of Elizabethtown-Lewis rebounded from the back of the pack to finish 19th with scores of 94 and 187. Willsboro’s Dakoda Latford finished 30th with scores of 94 and 111.

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