EAST AURORA, N.Y. – For the past year, sophomore Jack Geise put in the work to make the Bonnies' lineup, mostly behind the scenes while playing in just three events during his first season with the program.
That work is paying off in tremendous form early in the fall season. First, he earned a position in the Bonnies lineup through preseason qualifications, then he took a top-15 finish in the season-opening event last week.
Tuesday, Geise showed the way as the Bonnies captured their third consecutive Little Three Championship victory and 41st overall as he won individual medalist honors at Crag Burn Golf Club.
The Bonnies won in convincing fashion, turning in an even-par 576 total after a very impressive 284 team score in the morning round and a 292 final round total. That was good for a 25-shot cushion over second-place Canisius (310-291/601) and 32 shots ahead of Niagara (308-300/608).
St. Bonaventure set the tone for a dominating day with its opening round 284, lowest posted by any team in the event since 2000.
At the head of the charge was Geise, who carded identical rounds of 1-under 71 for a 2-under total of 142, one shot clear of Niagara's Tyler Edholm and teammate Erik Stauderman. In the final round, Geise recorded five birdies and finished the back nine without a single blemish on his scorecard including a pair of birdies to get to the clubhouse with a 34 after playing the front in 1-over.
With Tuesday's victory, the San Diego, Ca. native Geise clinches a spot in the Porter Cup next summer.
"Talk about hard work paying off," St. Bonaventure head coach Ryan Swanson said. "I couldn't be more proud of the way Jack has worked to get himself in this position. I'm incredibly excited for him and the team."
Making his collegiate debut, Bonnies freshman Erik Stauderman opened the day with a 1-under 71 before shooting even par 72 in the afternoon to finish tied for second on the individual leaderboard and just one off Geise's winning score.
Sophomore Danny Gianniny finished in a tie for fourth (72-74/146) while senior Brent Morgan was also tied fourth at 2-over for the championship. Morgan, who tied his career-best round with a 68 on Sunday at Colgate, needed a 10-footer on his final hole of the opening session to put up another sub-70 round, but settled for 70 before carding 76 in the afternoon.
Head coach Ryan Swanson was part of yet another Little Three-winning squad – the Bonnies won the event all four years during his undergraduate playing years and now have seized the win in each of his three seasons at the helm of the program.
Tuesday marked the 65th edition of the Little Three Championship, an event that has been played every year consecutively since 1981. With three straight titles, the Bonnies become the first team to accomplish the three-peat since Canisius did so from 2010-12.
Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to the Cornell Invitational at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca against a field of 15 teams including Canisius.
-- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
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