McKenna Wins Medalist, Bonnies Finish 2nd At The Little Three
LEWISTON, N.Y. – Junior Brian McKenna won the medalist crown at the Little Three Championship Tuesday, and the St. Bonaventure golf team finished in second place of the 36-hole tournament played at Niagara Falls Country Club.
With his first-place finish, McKenna earned himself an invite to the 2012 Porter Cup – one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the world – next year right back at Niagara Falls C.C.
For the second year in a row, Canisius won the Little Three title with a team score of 619. The Bonnies finished seven shots off the Griffs' pace with a 626, while host Niagara finished well back of the pack with a 660.
After shooting an opening-round 316, the Brown and White shaped a 310 out the second 18 of the day on the par-70, 6,621-yard championship course.
McKenna fired rounds of 4-over 74 and 5-over 75 in extremely gusty winds to earn the medalist title by one stroke. Senior Kevin Lewis shot an 80 and a 79 to finish second on the Bona roster with a 159.
Making their first collegiate appearance on the links, freshmen Brian Jurkiewicz and Pierce Terrance both finished with a two-round total of 162. After opening with an 86, Jurkiewicz responded with the second-best Bonaventure round of the second 18 with a 76 – bested only by medalist McKenna. Terrance was consistent throughout the day, shooting rounds of 80 and 82.
Joining the group at 162 – and rounding out the Bona scoring for the day – was Greg Horvath. The junior shot the exact opposite of Terrance, firing rounds of 82 and then 80.
The Bonnies will be back in action this coming Sunday and Monday when they host the 23rd Annual Leo Kennan Invitational at Olean's Bartlett Country Club. Niagara will be amongst the field of 11 teams with St. Bonaventure, which has won the title 14 times, including last year when McKenna finished as the medalist.