ORLANDO – St. Bonaventure made good use of moving day at the Atlantic 10 Championship Saturday, vaulting to a tie for fifth with one round remaining at the Reunion Resort Nicklaus Course.
The Bonnies improved 13 shots over day one, registering a second round team score of 290 and moving into a tie with George Mason for fifth overall with a 593 total. Davidson posted a sparkling 276 to take a five-shot lead (572) over Rhode Island (577) with Dayton third (580) and VCU fourth (581). The 290 total was the best team round for the Bonnies at the Atlantic 10 Championship since the final round in 2017.
Senior Christian Chapman led the way for St. Bonaventure Saturday, setting a career-best in the conference championship tournament by shooting 3-under 69. It was a nine-shot improvement over the opening round after he opened with 78. He stands tied for 14th overall with a 147 total through 36 holes. Chapman played 1-under on the front nine then, after a bogey on the par-3 11th, ran off a stretch of three straight birdies on holes 13 through 15 to play the back nine in 2-under and finish with six birdies on the day.
Teammate Jack Geise remained solid and is tied with Chapman with a 147 tournament total after a 1-over effort of 73 in the second round. Playing in his first Atlantic 10 Championship, he was able to rebound from a double bogey on the par-5 sixth with a birdie on the very next hole, then played the back nine in 1-under par.
Bona's third senior, Danny Gianniny improved his day one score by two strokes, carding 2-over 74 on Saturday. His 150 36-hole total is good for 26th overall.
Junior Erik Stauderman also played steady golf Saturday, posting 74 in the second round which was a three-shot improvement from his opening day 77. He stands 28th overall. Also in the Bonnies lineup is freshman Jude Cummings (76-80/156).
The championship concludes with final round play Sunday.
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