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HAMILTON, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure golf team posted the best round of the day Sunday morning with a team total of 287 in the finale of three weekend rounds at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational, storming up the leaderboard in the final day to finish fifth out of 15 teams in a strong field.
The Bonnies started the day tied for 10th after the first 36 holes saw St. Bonaventure post team scores of 303 and 297. Bona's improved 10 shots over their already solid second round effort, finishing the tournament at 887. Yale showed the way with a dominating score of 2-under 862, while Seton Hall (877), Rhode Island (882) and Colgate (885) comprised the top four. St. Bonaventure edged Cornell by a stroke for the final top-five spot.
Graduate student Danny Gianniny was red-hot on Sunday even though it proved to be a difficult day for scoring on the par-72, 6,834-yard layout at Seven Oaks Golf Club. After shooting 77 in each of Saturday's two rounds, he caught fire in the final round, posting 4-under 68, the best score in the entire field for the afternoon. He played the opening nine in 2-under, bouncing back from a bogey on the second hole with a birdie on the par-5 fifth and an eagle on the par-5 seventh. He did not have a single blemish on his scorecard on the back nine, sinking birdies on the par-3 11th and par-4 16th to finish just one shot off his personal best which he tied earlier in the week in Bona's Little Three Championship win and first tallied last spring on this same course as part of a tri-match with Colgate and Rhode Island.
Gianniny's 222 total bested teammate Christian Chapman by one stroke for the team lead as Chapman carded rounds of 73-73-77.
The team's third graduate student, Jack Geise played a strong final round for 73, following up Saturday efforts of 77 and 76. Geise sank four birdies in his round Sunday.
Sophomore Jude Cummings also registered an impressive Sunday round of even-par 72, following rounds of 76 and 79 for a 227 tournament total, one back of Geise.
Andrew LaCongo (81-72-76) and Erik Stauderman (79-76-74) shot matching tournament totals of 229. LaCongo played the par-5s at 6-under for the weekend, one of the top scores in the field. Geise, meanwhile, led the team with nine birdies for the tournament, while Gianniny led all players with 42 pars.
St. Bonaventure plays in the tournament hosted by Colgate each fall, but this weekend's effort was the best for the Bonnies at a full-field Seven Oaks GC event since taking third in 2014.
The Bonnies are back in action Sept. 13-14 at the VCU Invitational in Richmond, Va.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Yale – 862
2. Seton Hall – 877
3. Rhode Island – 882
4. Colgate – 885
5. ST. BONAVENTURE – 887
6. Cornell – 888
7. Villanova – 889
8. Lehigh – 891
9. St. John's – 892
10. Bucknell – 893
11. Lafayette – 895
12. Colgate (B) – 912
13. Seton Hall (B) – 912
14. Rider – 914
15. Holy Cross - 924
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