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Golf Battles Difficult Conditions For Solid Final Day at Inverness

Senior Matt Abendroth won both of his head-to-head matches Monday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Senior Matt Abendroth won both of his head-to-head matches Monday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

TOLEDO, Ohio – Despite rain and difficult conditions, the St. Bonaventure golf team shot its best round of the week in the final round Tuesday at the Inverness Intercollegiate and finished tied for ninth overall.

The Bonnies turned in a team score of 295, but a struggle in the second round (309) bumped the Bonnies down the leaderboard after an opening round of 299 on Monday.

Teams were slated to put in 36 holes on Monday, but most players had several holes left to play on Tuesday after rain and darkness ended the opening day of competition. Tuesday brought little better conditions, with a driving rain at the course by the time things finally wrapped up.

Tennessee, the No. 1 team in the country, won the team championship with a 54-hole score of 864 to surpass San Francisco and Virginia which tied at 871. Santa Clara (872) was fourth while St. Mary's and Butler tied for fifth at 891.

St. Bonaventure completed competition at 903 for the tournament, tying Atlantic 10 rival Dayton for the ninth spot, ahead of Fresno State and Mercer in the 12-team standings.

Sophomore Danny Gianniny and senior Matt Abendroth showed the way for the Brown and White with matching 224 54-hole scores. The two teammates found opposite ways to get to their final totals, however – Abendroth went low in the opening round with an even-par 71 on the 7,172-yard layout. Abendroth, playing in what was a "home" event for the Ohio native, fought some extremely tough pin locations to rise into a tie for second on the individual leaderboard to start the second round before struggling to an 81 in round two. He rebounded nicely in the final round, completing the tournament with a 1-over 72 for a tie for 28th on the individual leaderboard of 78 competitors. For Abendroth, an eagle on the par-5, 519-yard 13th hole highlighted his final day.

Gianniny, meanwhile, was steady for the tournament with rounds of 73, 76 and 75 to also tie for 28th.

Senior Brent Morgan, another Ohio native, opened with rounds of 81 and 77 but was steady on Tuesday as he finished the tournament with a 1-over 72 including three birdies.

In the lineup for the Bonnies as well were sophomore Jack Geise (76-78-78/230) and freshman Erik Stauderman (79-78-77/234). Playing as an individual, junior Zach Chaddock posted rounds of 76-86-74/236.

The Bonnies are next in action at the Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin, N.Y. Sunday and Monday to defend their back-to-back championships at the Mathews Auto Intercollegiate.

1. Tennessee - 864
2. San Francisco - 871
    Virginia - 871
4. Santa Clara - 872
5. St. Mary's (CA) - 891
    Butler - 891
7. Toledo - 894
8. Louisiana - 899
9. St. Bonaventure - 903
    Dayton - 903
11. Fresno State - 910
12. Mercer - 918

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