Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature golf senior Christian Chapman.
Chapman was on the way to setting the Bonnies season scoring record before the spring sports shutdown as he recorded a 72.4 round average during the team's six tournaments. He charged up the leaderboard in nearly every event as well, placing in the top-10 three times and the top-20 four times. He was named the department's male Fall Athlete of the Year at last spring's Bonnies Choice Awards for his efforts.
It was a bounce-back season for the Victor, N.Y. native who was limited to just two events as a sophomore at Bonaventure due to an injury. He began his career at the University of Delaware, playing three semesters as a standout there before transferring.
How have you adapted to the new changes on campus regarding COVID safety protocols? Have they helped make you feel safer since coming back?
It's been weird adjusting to all the changes but it's critical we follow them so we can make it through the whole semester. So far I've felt safe in my return.
What did you do over the spring/summer to stay in shape and get ready to get back to practices this fall?
I worked out at home and practiced a lot at my home course to make sure I was still sharp. With gyms being closed it was difficult to do a normal workout but I made the most of what I could.
What was one good thing that came out of the spring sports shutdown and odd summer for you? Did you develop any new hobbies/interests?
I was able to win the Country Club of Rochester Invitational this summer thanks to all my hard work so even though it was one of the only tournaments I played in, all my practice seemed to pay off.
What messages/advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
Coaches have kept telling us to stay safe and do our part to stop the spread of COVID so we can get back to sports and have a spring season. The safer we are the more likely we'll play in the spring.
Even though there are no competitions this fall, how excited are you to get back to workouts with your team? Do you look at practices and work with your teammates any differently since the COVID shutdown?
I'm beyond excited to get back to work with the boys. Workouts are definitely different since we are required to wear face coverings but practice itself is still the same. It's been a long time coming to get back and we're all excited in sharing the same goal, to win an A-10 title in the spring.
What was the one thing you were most looking forward to about returning to Bonaventure?
I've been looking forward to getting back to classes in person and seeing a lot of friends and new faces. Being online was a challenge and it's great to get back to our beautiful campus.
What is your favorite class at Bonaventure and why (now or previously)?
One of my favorite classes at Bonaventure has been MGT322. Laurie Branch was one of the best professors I've had in college and is one of the professors out there who cares about each and every student of hers. She was always willing to help me and made me feel like I belonged here at Bonas.
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