The St. Bonaventure golf team has traveled to the Sunshine State for the annual Atlantic 10 Championship tournament which will take place at Orlando's Reunion Golf Club's Nicklaus Course. Play gets underway Friday with a conference champion being crowned Sunday.
St. Bonaventure is playing its best golf at the right time after showing extremely well over the past two weeks.
The Bonnies defeated rivals Canisius and Niagara to win the Little Three Championship April 15 at Niagara Falls CC, then finished fourth out of 13 teams at the Lafayette Invitational with rounds of 291-299. SBU then turned in easily its best round of the year of 282, beating Rhode Island and Colgate in convincing fashion at the Upstate Spring Escape at Seven Oaks GC.
Seniors Gianniny and Chapman have been at the head of the charge. Gianniny has been playing some of the best golf of his outstanding Bonnies career, firing a career-best 67 (-5) last weekend at Seven Oaks, just one off the program record for low round. Less than a week earlier, he placed second in a full field at Lafayette with the fourth-lowest 36-hole total in program history and matching his career-best at 139 (70-69).
Chapman has also placed in the top-six in each of the past two events, shooting 70-73 at Lafayette before carding 3-under 69 at Seven Oaks last Saturday.
Fellow senior Jack Geise posted a solid 74 last weekend and was third on the leaderboard at the Little Three Championship with an impressive 72.
Freshman Jude Cummings is also fresh off a career-best effort, earning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors after shooting even-par 72 last weekend.
His last three events have looked like this: 76, 75-78, 72 as he has gotten better and better during his first collegiate campaign.
EXPERIENCE IN THE LINEUP
Bona's seniors Chapman and Gianniny each have previous Atlantic 10 Championship experience.
For Gianniny, it will be his third time at the conference tournament. Gianniny posted what had previously been his career-low round until last week with a second-round 68 on the way to a team-best 10th-place effort (76-68-76/220) two seasons ago at Grand Cyprus Resort in Orlando. In his first trip back in 2018, he finished second on the team and 32nd overall (76-79-78/233).
Two years ago, Chapman made his A-10 Championship debut, finishing in a tie for 33rd after improving every round (79-78-75).
St. Bonaventure has continued to improve at the championship under head coach Ryan Swanson, jumping from 10th in '17 and '18 to seventh in 2019. The last time the championship was held, SBU was fifth after the first two rounds and rose to third early Sunday before a tough back nine dropped the Bonnies on the final leaderboard.
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