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Champions Again: Bonnies Retain Murray Cup With Win Over Siena

Champions Again: Bonnies Retain Murray Cup With Win Over Siena

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – As the St. Bonaventure golf team travels home from the Capital Region, they'll be bringing a bit of extra hardware.

The Murray Cup trophy remains in the possession of the Bonnies after they captured a victory over Siena in match play, 10.5 to 7.5.

The event was played under hybrid match play/stroke play 18-hole scoring with nine player pairings each offering two points for 18 points total. One point was awarded per pairing to whomever shot the lowest score while another point was awarded for the player winning the most holes in that pairing.

Four Bonnies won both available points in their pairings in rainy and tough conditions – senior Brent Morgan, juniors Zach Chaddock and Nolan Ditcher as well as freshman Andrew Lemay.

Morgan, who shot a final round 70 for an 11th place finish at the Binghamton Invitational Monday, carded 73 at Schuyler Meadows Club to defeat Siena opponent Jared Nelson. Chaddock turned in the best round of the day for the Brown and White with his effort of 72, taking both points from opponent Jack Downey.

Ditcher also grabbed both available points against John Holt after shooting 73 while Lemay finished with an 85 to take both points from Tanner Donovan.

Erik Stauderman took 1.5 points from Pudge Williams with his round of 76 while Jack Geise finished with 74 and earned a point for his team against Jack Brown.

Danny Gianniny registered a solid round of 73, but it was not enough as opponent Brad Whitaker shot 71 to take both points in the match for the Saints.

Matt Abendroth (77), Dylan Glatz (80) and Josh Roselli (85) all played for the Bonnies as well.

St. Bonaventure has won The Murray Cup in both years of its existence. 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.

With Tuesday's win, the Bonnies will remain in possession of both rivalry trophies the program battles for each year – The Murray Cup and the Little Three Championship crown.

After an ironman stretch of competition, the Bonnies have just one event remaining on the fall schedule – the Georgetown Intercollegiate Oct. 15-16.

-By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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