ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University sophomore Nolan Ditcher finished runner-up in this past weekend's Southwestern New York-Northwestern Pennsylvania Men's Amateur to complete a strong week of play for the Bonnies golf team.
Ditcher was defeated by Bona golf alum Chris Blocher on the final hole of the 36-hole championship match at Bartlett Country Club Sunday afternoon in front of a large crowd of spectators.
To reach the final, Ditcher got past junior teammate Matt Abendroth, 6-and-5, in the semifinals. It is Ditcher's best showing in the tournament after reaching the quarterfinals three previous times. He previously got past Corey Haas, 3-and-2, on Friday as well as scored a win over Dirk Roth (3-and-2) after shooting 73 to begin play on Wednesday.
The tournament was dominated by Bonnies – along with Abendroth, who edged another former Bona player in Scott Brady, 1-up in 19 holes on Friday, freshman Danny Gianniny also reached the semifinals to make the final four an all Bonaventure affair.
Blocher defeated Gianniny 5-and-4 in the semifinals after the Bonnies newcomer won over defending champion and St. Bona sophomore Zach Chaddock, 1-up in 19 holes as well as fellow freshman Jack Geise in the second round.
All 10 members of the current St. Bonaventure golf roster made the 32-man Championship Flight and seven advanced to Friday's second round. Senior Corey Long was one of those seven before falling to eventual champion Blocher, 2-and-1.
In Wednesday's medal qualifier, Abendroth paced the current crop of Bonnies by carding a 1-under 69. Gianniny and Chaddock each shot even-par 70 while Long (72), freshman Jack Geise (73), junior Dylan Glatz (74) and senior Patrick Sheerer (75) also had strong days.
Chaddock posted a Thursday first round win over Brandon Haas, 3-and-2, while Geise was victorious over Greg Gibbons, 2-up. Abendroth advanced with a 6-and-5 win while Sheerer won his first round match, 5-and-4. Glatz fell in the first round after 22 holes while junior Josh Roselli dropped his first round match to the eventual champion and junior Brent Morgan also fell by one shot in the opening round of the Championship Flight.
Bonnies graduate assistant coach and alum Josh Stauffer also played in the Championship Flight, battling Blocher before the eventual champ won, 1-up in the second round.
The Bonnies begin their season Sept. 9-10 at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational held at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, N.Y.
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