ORLANDO, Fla. – Three Bonnies rank in the individual top-20 as the St. Bonaventure golf team stands fifth after the opening day at the Atlantic 10 Golf Championship.
St. Bonaventure posted a team score of 302, just five shots off the lead of 297 registered by defending champion Davidson. VCU and Saint Joseph's are tied for second at 298 while George Washington is fourth at 301. The Bonnies are three shots ahead of sixth-place Dayton.
"We are in the hunt," Bonnies head coach Ryan Swanson said. "The guys battled when the tough conditions set in and bounced back nicely after a couple rough holes. We've put ourselves in a position to contend this weekend."
Friday brought an afternoon difficult for scoring on the par-72 7,024-yard layout at the Grand Cypress Golf Club. Those who started their opening rounds early benefitted as rains halted play early in the afternoon and increasing winds made scoring difficult as players made the turn after play resumed.
At the end of the day, just two players stood in red figures – Jack Lang of Davidson (-4) and Willis Montgomery of Saint Joseph's (-1).
St. Bonaventure senior Brent Morgan entered the weekend with a chance to set the program's all-time season scoring average and did not disappoint Friday, carding a 2-over 74. Morgan delivered a team-best four birdies on the day to climb into the individual top-10 as he ranks tied for eighth in the 55-player field. Morgan's four birdies tied for the most of any player in the field.
Fellow senior Matt Abendroth also turned in a strong round of 75 to rank tied for 14th.
Sophomore Danny Gianniny had an up-and-down day – three birdies, five bogeys and a double – but still managed to tie for 17th after his 4-over 76.
Junior Zach Chaddock was also in the team scoring with 5-over 77.
Sophomore Christian Chapman finished at 79 for the day.
The Bonnies begin their second day of play Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
1. Davidson – 297
2. VCU – 298
Saint Joseph's – 298
4. George Washington – 301
5. St. Bonaventure – 302
6. Dayton – 305
7. Rhode Island – 307
8. George Mason – 308
9. La Salle – 311
10. Richmond – 317
11. Fordham – 332
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