In 2008, Tompkins Cortland Community College golfer Kris Boyes used a big final day to rally from eight place at the start of the day to win the NJCAA Division III National title in a playoff. Boyes’ fantastic finish gave Tompkins Cortland golf its first, and only, national champion. Until now. Ten years after Boyes rallied for his title, Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) posted the best score of the championship on Friday, extending the one-stroke lead he held entering Friday to a dominating nine-stroke victory.
Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) continued his climb up the leaderboard at the NJCAA Division III Golf Nationals Thursday, taking the lead after day three of the four-day tournament. Lapp fired a 73 on Thursday to stand at 225 for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Chris Kraft from Sandhills Community College (N.C.).
Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) made a move up the leaderboard at the NJCAA Division III Golf National Tournament Wednesday. Standing in 6th place at the start of the day, Lapp climbed up into a tie for second place, just two strokes behind the tournament leader at the midway point of the four-day tournament. Lapp carded his second straight 76 on Wednesday to stand at 152 for the tournament. Trey May of Georgia Military College leads the field with a 150. Lapp is tied for second place with Mason Landborg of Minnesota State Community College.
Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) sits in a tie for sixth place after day one of the NJCAA Division III Golf National Tournament. Lapp finished Tuesday with a score of 76, five strokes off the pace being set by Zach Breault of Vincennes University (Indiana). The four-day tournament continues Wednesday at the par 72 Lake Course at the Chautauqua Golf Club.
Sophomore Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) moved up one place on the final day of the NJCAA Region III Tournament, finishing in second place with a two-day score of 158 (80-78), two strokes behind the regional champion, Bob Davenport of Mohawk Valley Community College. As a team, the Panthers also moved up one place, finishing in seventh place with a score of 763 (382-381). SUNY Adirondack won the event with a score of 667 (334-333).
Day one of the NJCAA Region III Tournament was a rough one, with hard greens leading to difficult scoring conditions. As a result, scores at the halfway of the championship tournament are substantially higher than expected for most teams, including for Tompkins Cortland Community College. The Panthers struggled to a team score of 382, eighth out of the eight teams at the tournament. On a positive note, Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) remains in contention for the individual title, despite posting his second worst 18-hole score of the year with an 80. The sophomore stands tied for third place, two strokes behind the tournament leader.
The final tournament before regionals should give the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team reason for optimism. Playing at the Genesee Community College Invitational, the Panthers fired a team score of 328 to take third place, just ten strokes behind champion Niagara County Community College. The 328 represents the third best team score of the season and a 40-stroke improvement over Saturday’s score.
Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) won another tournament Saturday, taking medalist honors at the Niagara County Community College Invitational. His two-over par 74 helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team to a sixth place finish with a team score of 368. Niagara won the event with a 330 at the Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport
Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) won medalist honors yet again Saturday, helping the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team to a second place finish at the Hudson Valley Community College Invitational. The Panther carded a team score of 335 to finish tied with Mohawk Valley Community College for second place. SUNY Adirondack won the event with team score of 316 at the par 72 Frear Park Golf Course.
Taking part in the Herkimer College Invitational, the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team shot a 357 for a seventh-place finish. The nine-team event was won by SUNY Adirondack with a 318 at the par 72 Mohawk Valley Country Club.
With the spring being so wet and cold, many Region III golf teams have been hard-pressed to get in many rounds of competition. With the scheduled tournament in Watertown postponed a week to allow the course to recover from the protracted winter, the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team invited Jefferson Community College to come to Elm Tree Golf Course in Cortland Sunday and take advantage of what has been a rarity this spring – beautiful weather. The result was a two-team mini event that gave both squads quality time on the links. At the end of the day, the Panthers had a team score of 315 while the Cannoneers had a 316.
Traveling with just four golfers, the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team took part in the SUNY Adirondack Invitational at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury Saturday. With the shorthanded team, the Panthers struggled to a seven-place finish with a team score of 361 on the par 72 course. The host school won the event with a 327.
Another cold and damp day greeted Region III golfers Sunday as Tompkins Cortland Community College hosted the Panthers Open Championship at Elm Tree Golf Course in Cortland. With golfers from ten school competing, the Panthers finished in fifth place with a team score of 320. The team title went to Onondaga Community College with a score of 309, five strokes ahead of SUNY Adirondack.
Lead by tournament medalist Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.), the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team earned a second place finish in the Mid-State Athletic Conference championship, held in conjunction with the Onondaga Invitational Saturday at Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville.
This spring has been unkind to any outdoor sports, but perhaps none more so than golf. With golf courses late opening all across the state, teams in Region III found it tough to get many practice rounds in heading into the season-opening tournament Friday in Auburn. As a result, many teams put up scores they hope will prove to be their highest of the year. Count Tompkins Cortland Community College among those teams as the Panthers carded a team score of 370 to finish fifth among the nine teams at the Nicholas J. DeSocio Memorial Invite, hosted by Cayuga Community College at the Highland Park Golf Course. Niagara County Community College might have been the lone school to leave the day pleased with its score as the Thunderwolves won the invitational with a score of 318, a full 26 strokes better than runner-up Mohawk Valley Community College.
With the release of the 2018 schedule, anticipation is building for the Tompkins Cortland golf season. With the top three golfers from the 2017 season graduated, competition for a spot in the starting lineup is expected to be wide open.