ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University golf team will square off against Siena in the first-ever Murray Cup on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The tournament will be played at Schuyler Meadows Country Club in Albany.
The Cup is named for two ardent supporters of both schools' golf programs, 1968 St. Bonaventure graduate Ed Murray and Siena trustee John Murray. While the two Murrays are not related, they share a passion for the game of golf and their universities. That passion sparked the idea for the Murray Cup.
While St. Bonaventure and Siena meet annually in men's basketball to compete for the Franciscan Cup, Tuesday's outing could be seen as golf's counterpart.
The one-day event will feature a unique format similar to professional golf's Ryder Cup. The competition includes match play as well as stroke play. Two points will be awarded for each pairing – one for who shoots the lowest overall score and one for who wins the most holes. Eight players will represent each team with the pairings drawn randomly Monday night during a banquet dinner.
Ed Murray attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn before attending St. Bonaventure. He's lived and worked in Schenectady, N.Y., for over 30 years, where he co-owns an insurance agency.
While Ed has been a Bonnies sports fan since his days on campus, it was through a friendship struck in the late 1990s that he became a regular supporter of the golf team. Kevin Sheedy worked at a country club in Schenectady where he met Ed. When Sheedy chose to attend St. Bonaventure and play for the golf team, Ed followed his career and began to provide philanthropic gifts to the program. Long after Sheedy's graduation in 2001, Ed Murray continues to support new generations of Bona golfers.
St. Bonaventure enters the Murray Cup with momentum. Coach Ryan Swanson's team has three top-10 finishes this fall, including fourth place in the Cornell Invitational. The Bonnies are playing in the Mathews Auto Collegiate Invitational in Binghamton Oct. 1-2 before heading north for the Murray Cup.
Siena has participated in two tournaments, including the Cornell invitational, with its most recent event a 12th place finish in the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge.
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