Courtesy of GoBonnies.com
ORLANDO – Sophomore Danny Gianniny tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard, but a tough final round left the St. Bonaventure golf team seventh at the conclusion of the Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday afternoon.
St. Bonaventure, which entered the day fifth in the team standings and rose to a tie for third after a strong start Sunday morning, saw troubles mount on the back nine and settled for a team score of 302. The Bonnies’ 895 total for the week (302-291-302) was seventh, ahead of George Mason (899), Rhode Island (902), La Salle (924) and Fordham (963). VCU won the tournament by two strokes at 867, ahead of Davidson (869), George Washington (877), Saint Joseph’s (886), Richmond (888) and Dayton (890).
The 18th hole proved treacherous for nearly all of the Bonnies as the team played the last hole in +9 for the day.
Still, Bona’s seventh place showing is the best for the team since finishing sixth in 2010.
“It was not the final round we wanted, especially after the way we started,” St. Bonaventure head coach Ryan Swanson said. “We fought like crazy but just ran out of gas.”
Gianniny finished the week after shooting 4-over par 220 on the layout at the Grand Cypress Golf Club, earning a top-10 finish in the field of 55 players (76-68-76/220). Gianniny’s 10th place finish is the best effort in the Atlantic 10 Championship by any SBU player since current assistant coach Josh Stauffer finished in a tie for third in 2014.
“It was a great tournament for Danny,” Swanson said. “We are very excited about the two great years he still has ahead of him.”
Senior Brent Morgan finished up one of the finest seasons in Bonnies program history with a final round 78, taking a tie for 21st (74-73-78/225). Fellow senior Matt Abendroth closed his career in fine fashion with a Sunday 74, taking 25th on the leaderboard (75-78-74/227) with a team-high five birdies in the last round.
“We thank Brent and Matt for two great careers,” Swanson said.
Junior Zach Chaddock (77-74-77/228) tied for 29th for the Bonnies.
Sophomore Christian Chapman also had his best round of the week, closing with 75 for a 230 total (79-76-75).