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Bonnies Golf Monthly Summer newsletter

2018-19: A Look Back

It was another successful year for Bonnies Golf in 2018-19. During the fall, the Bonnies captured their third straight Little Three Championship victory and had some standout full-field tournaments as well. The Brown and White tied for second in the 16-team field in Binghamton and placed fifth out of 15 squads at Cornell. The fall wrapped with the second consecutive win in The Murray Cup over Siena.

The spring season kicked off with a great showing at the Atlantic 10 Match Play Championships - the best in program history as SBU finished third following wins over Morehead State and Oakland. Later in the spring, Bona recorded a fifth-place showing in the 13-team field in Myrtle Beach, finished sixth out of 12 squads at the Yale Spring Invite and made a run up the leaderboard at the Atlantic 10 Championship, standing third at one point on the tournament's final day. It was a tough back nine to wrap the season, but St. Bonaventure still took a seventh place finish at the conference tournament, best for the program since 2010.

The Class of 2019 was a tremendous one - the Bonnies graduated seniors Matt Abendroth, Dylan Glatz, Brent Morgan and Josh Roselli. Their successes academically helped the program earn recognition from the NCAA with an Academic Progress Public Recognition Award. For the fifth straight year, the program ranked in the nation's top 10 percent among all Division I programs for Academic Progress Rate (APR). While the senior class from last year will be tough to replace, there's still a ton of talent returning as seven players return from last season's roster including three guys from the Atlantic 10 Championship lineup.

Congratulations to our Class of 2019 - Matt Abendroth, Dylan Glatz, Josh Roselli and Brent Morgan - and Nolan Ditcher who graduated a year early and will return this fall while working on his Masters.

Irish Eyes To Smile on Bonnies

The fall break is something students often have circled on their schedule as something to look forward to. For Bonnies golfers this year, that portion of the calendar will be extra special.

St. Bonaventure will travel to Ireland during the midterm break, spending Oct. 3-8 on the Emerald Isle. While there the Bonnies will play the Island Golf Club in Dublin, Waterville Links and Tralee Golf Club in County Kerry and Doonbeg in County Clare. The trip kicks off Oct. 3 with match play vs. the Trinity College of Dublin at Portmarnock Golf Club.

"This is a once in a lifetime trip for our student-athletes, made possible by our boosters and alumni. Our goal is to make these trips happen more often - doing so is huge for recruiting and team chemistry. The Ireland trip will be a simply incredible experience for all of our guys and something they never forget." - Head Coach Ryan Swanson

Gearing Up For Fall

The fall schedule is out - and it brings some exciting new challenges for the Bonnies. Six events are scheduled - along with one tremendous trip across the pond.

St. Bonaventure will open the season in traditional fashion with the annual trip to Colgate for the Alex Lagowitz Memorial (Sept. 7-8) and then will take over hosting rights for the Little Three Championship presented by H&R Block Sept. 10 at Bartlett Country Club. The Bonnies will then make their annual trek to the Cornell Invitational in mid-September before embarking for Ireland for an Oct. 3-8 trip to the Emerald Isle. The fall season wraps in late October when the Bonnies again head to Albany for the annual Murray Cup match vs. Siena before the season ends at the ODU/Kilmarlic Invitational in Powells Point, N.C.

"All these events have great fields and give us the chance to shoot up the rankings with strong play. We're excited about the fall schedule and the opportunities these challenges present our guys." - Head Coach Ryan Swanson

FALL SCHEDULE

Alex Lagowitz Memorial - Sept. 7-8 // Seven Oaks Golf Club // Hamilton, N.Y.

Little Three Championship - Sept. 10 // Bartlett Country Club // Olean, N.Y.

Cornell Invitational - Sept. 14-15 // Robert Trent Jones at Cornell University // Ithaca, N.Y.

Ireland Trip - October 3 - 8

vs. Trinity College of Dublin - Oct. 3 // Portmarnock Golf Club // Dublin, Ireland

vs. Siena at The Murray Cup - Oct. 14 (date subject to change) // Schuyler Meadows Country Club // Albany, N.Y.

ODU/Kilmarlic Invitational - Oct. 20-22 // Kilmarlic Golf Club // Powells Point, N.C.

The Bonnies continued their dominance in the classroom during the spring semester. With a 3.526 cumulative GPA in the spring, Bonnies golfers posted the highest team average of any team on campus. Nine players were named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll - a total that was tied for most in the conference this year. In all, every player on the team was above a 3.0 GPA for the spring semester.

Barbara robotti-murray '68 challenge

  • The goal: $35,000

Through the generosity of those who support Bonnies Golf, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal last year of $25,000! Those funds will go toward sending our players to Ireland for their trip this October and the opportunity of a lifetime. With that, we announce the Barbara Robotti-Murray Challenge with a goal of $35,000 during the 2019-20 season.

The funds raised from this challenge will be used to further the program and create even more opportunities for our student-athletes.

Named for Barbara Robotti-Murray '68, the late wife of St. Bonaventure alumnus Ed Murray '68, we honor her memory with this challenge to our donors and also by naming an annual scholarship for our golfers in her name. These fundraising dollars will go directly toward our student-athletes with the goal of providing them an unforgettable experience while at SBU and four years that will set them up for success far beyond their time in Brown and White. If we can reach $35,000, we have an alum who is willing to add an additional $25,000!

We hope that you are able to join or continue your support of The Bonnies Golf Club. By supporting this challenge, you will help the future of St. Bonaventure Golf and the success of our student-athletes. Your donation will fall under the umbrella of the Bonnies Athletic Fund but will be allocated directly to the golf team for the year. Through the support of the Bonnies Golf Club, we will be able to make our 2019 Ireland Trip as well as complete plans for a California/Hawaii Trip in 2020. Your donations also go toward funding golf van maintenance, upgrades to the indoor facility, apparel upgrades for the team and much more.

To support the Bonnies Golf Club, make checks payable to: Bonnies Athletic Fund (note Men's Golf on check)

Mail to: Ryan Swanson, Head Men's Golf Coach

St. Bonaventure University / PO Box G / St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778

Special thanks to Norm Strotman '08 and George Duke from Zippo for the continued efforts with the Terry Reiley Memorial which has raised over $50,000 since its inception! The fifth annual edition of the tournament was held this May with 72 players. This year's event raised $11,000 to go toward our program as well as the program at Pitt-Bradford.

brent morgan: history-making season

It was a season to remember for senior Brent Morgan. The Ohio native put together one of the best years in program history. During the course of the year, he recorded a 73.03 scoring average - that ranks second-best in Bona history behind only the 73.00 average posted by Josh Anderson during the 2005-06 season. Included in his year were eight top-20 finishes including five top-11 tournament finishes.

The Bonnies celebrate last year's Little Three Championship win.

Bonnies to host little three championship

St. Bonaventure takes over hosting duties of the Little Three Championship as the annual battle between the Bonnies, Canisius and Niagara returns to Bartlett Country Club this fall.

The Brown and White will look to retain their crown - a trophy the Bonnies have taken the past three years running - when this year's tournament takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Olean. This year's tournament will be presented by H&R Block of Olean which has taken over sponsorship of the event through their support.

The Bonnies have traditionally dominated the event - last year, SBU claimed a convincing victory by 25 shots (284-292/576) at Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora. Rising junior Jack Geise took the overall victory with identical rounds of -1 under 71 to win the tournament by one stroke over teammate Erik Stauderman, a rising sophomore, and Niagara's Tyler Edholm.

Jack Geise won last year's Little Three Championship and will look to repeat when the Bonnies host this fall.

"We look forward to the challenge of defending our championship and know that Canisius and Niagara will bring their top efforts this year," head coach Ryan Swanson said. "This is an event all three schools circle on their calendar and we are excited to be able to bring it back to home turf this fall. We know our guys will bring a little extra in order to keep the trophy right here at home."

This fall will mark the 66th edition of the Little Three Championship - the Bonnies have claimed the trophy a record 41 times. Included in that is a perfect run of 7-for-7 involving Coach Swanson who was part of four victories as a player and has now led the Bonnies to victory in all three years at the helm of the program.

MESSAGE FROM COACH SWANSON

Hello Bonnies Golf fans!

We hope everyone is having a great summer. We wrapped another solid season at the Atlantic 10 Championship a few weeks ago which saw us in third place with nine holes to play. A rough finish dropped us to seventh, but there were more positives to take away from the week than negatives. We gave ourselves a chance to win on the back nine in the final round which is what we try to do each week of the season. The guys battled their hearts out, highlighted by a top-10 finish from sophomore Danny Gianniny. His finish was the best for a Bonnie at the A-10 Championship since 2014. We hope we learned valuable lessons from that experience which will help us take that next step this coming season.

As we close in on the fall, the guys are at home, playing tournaments, practicing and hopefully staying fresh and ready to compete come September.

Recently, rising juniors Danny Gianniny and Christian Chapman represented SBU in the Monroe Invitational in Rochester. That event brings some of the best college and amateur players in the world and it was neat to have two of our own in the field. Also, courtesy of his win in last year's Little Three Championship, rising junior Jack Geise will represent the program in the Porter Cup in Niagara Falls at the end of July. Similar to Monroe, that event brings in some of the best amateur players in the world. We will be following Jack and wish him the best of luck.

Our fall schedule is going to be one to remember. Thanks to all of the support from our alumni and donors over the years, we have booked a trip to Ireland to play some of the world's best and oldest golf courses. We also will be traveling to familiar venues in Cornell and Colgate. We added the ODU/Kilmarlic Invitational in the Outer Banks of North Carolina to finish up the fall slate as well. These tournaments will provide strong fields on great courses.

Finally, and most importantly, our guys continue to amaze me by setting the bar so high with their success in the classroom. Despite demanding schedules and missing class due to tournament travel, our student-athletes continue to prove how special they really are with the highest cumulative team GPA of any Division I program on campus and tying the conference lead for most Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections. A big reason for that were our seniors - we thank Matt, Josh, Dylan and Brent for their contributions over the past four years and wish them the very best.

Thank you all again for your support and I hope our program continues to make everyone proud to be a Bonnie.

- Coach Swanson

player spotlight: ZACH CHADDOCK

Senior // Fillmore, N.Y. (click the video above for more from Zach)

Major: Finance

High School: Fillmore Central

  • Competed in 13 events this past season, posting a 75.7 scoring average in the fall and 76.0 during the spring
  • Became first player to ever win two Southwestern New York-Northwestern Pennsylvania Men's Amateur Golf Tournaments by age 20
  • Finished 11th at the 2018 Little Three Championship (76-77)
  • Tied for 24th at Binghamton Intercollegiate (74-73)
  • Won both match points at The Murray Cup with a round of 72
  • Won all three of his matches at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Match Play Championship
  • Three-year member of the regular lineup with a career-low round of 69 in the final round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship
  • Three-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll

BONNIES GOLF VAN

In 2018, the St. Bonaventure golf team gained a tremendous addition with a new van to travel to events in style. We were able to add the van to our program through the generosity of donors and members of The Bonnies Golf Club help with its continued maintenance. Take a tour of the Bonnies Golf Van and click below for more information.

SENIOR FEATURE: MATT ABENDROTH

"Golf has given me a lot of confidence in myself. You have to work hard; you have to balance academics and athletics. That has helped me grow as an individual and is something I hope will help me grow in the outside world. In my four years I got better each year and that's something I'm very proud of. If you work hard and stay confident in yourself, the results will show."

Ohio native Matt Abendroth was one of the four-year players who graduated this past May. A regular member of the lineup throughout his time with the program, "Abo" improved each season and was a vital part of our team! We wish our seniors all the best and thank them for their efforts the past four years.

For more information on our program, or for questions about how you can support Bonnies Golf, contact Head Coach Ryan Swanson '08 at rswanson@sbu.edu

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