ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – After nearly a year without competition, the St. Bonaventure University golf team has seven tournaments slated for the 2021 spring season.
"We are very excited to get back to competing and a sense of normalcy," head coach Ryan Swanson said. "Like most teams, we have been through it all and we really appreciate the opportunity to get back on the course."
The Bonnies are slated to tee up the new year March 8-9 at the Ross Collegiate Classic at Mid-Pines Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. After a week off, the Bona golfers return to the Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club Gold Course in Williamsburg, Va. March 28-30.
Another familiar event starts a busy stretch in April when the Bonnies visit Radnor Valley Country Club in the Philadelphia area for the Villanova Wildcat Invitational April 12-13.
Just two days later, the Bonnies will take on rivals Canisius and Niagara at Niagara Falls Country Club on April 15 in the renewal of the Little Three Championship as St. Bonaventure looks to capture the traditional fall event for the fifth straight season.
Bona then has its third event in the span of a week with action at the Lafayette Invitational at The Steel Country Club in Hellertown, Pa., April 18-19.
The final tune-up for the conference championship comes with the Colgate Invitational April 24 at Seven Oaks Golf Club as the Bonnies battle Colgate and Army.
This year's Atlantic 10 Championship is scheduled to take place April 30 – May 2 at Reunion Resort's Watson Course in Orlando.
The Bonnies return seven players from last year's roster, including senior Christian Chapman who registered a 72.4 scoring average a season ago. Fellow senior Danny Gianniny has been a program standout for the past three years with a 74.4 career scoring average and another senior, Jack Geise has also been a regular member of the lineup in recent seasons. Juniors Andrew Lemay and Erik Stauderman also return along with sophomores Andrew LaCongo and Lance Sininger. Newcomers include graduate transfer Matt Moonan and freshmen Jude Cummings and Aidan Shaw.
"I'm hoping our experience shows this spring as several events are on courses we have never seen, so preparation will be key to posting solid numbers," Swanson said. "We can't wait to get the season started at a fantastic venue at Mid-Pines and begin working toward the A-10 Championship."
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