SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. – For the 39th time overall and first since 2013, the Little Three Championship belongs to the St. Bonaventure University golf team.
The Bonnies shot a team score of 735 to win by 33 strokes over Canisius (768) while Niagara came in third at 793. Wednesday marked the 63rd playing of the tournament and first ever at the par-71, 6,338-yard Springville Country Club.
Junior Corey Long showed the way for the Bonnies, finishing second overall on the leaderboard with a 70-73/143. David Hanes of Canisius took medalist honors with an opening round 73 followed by a 66 to win by four shots (139). Hanes earns a berth into this summer's Porter Cup with the victory.
Bona pulled ahead early with a strong first round. The Bonnies captured a 15-shot advantage after the opening 18 holes, playing the course at 11-over par as a team. Long paced the field as the only player to finish the first round in red figures after firing a one-under 70 thanks to three birdies including a birdie four on the par-five 18th to close his round.
Junior Patrick Sheerer was just two shots back of Long after recording an opening round 72 followed by an afternoon 73 (145) to finish in a tie for third with teammate sophomore Brent Morgan. Morgan opened at 74 in the morning round before closing with his career-low round of 71 to also complete his day's score at 145.
Sophomore Matt Abendroth tied for seventh overall after carding 74-77/151 while freshman Nolan Ditcher had his best performance as a Bonnie, firing 76-76/152 to finish ninth. Fellow freshman Zach Chaddock came home 10th after shooting 77-76/153.
The Bonnies return to action with a trip to the Binghamton Invitational this weekend.
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