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.
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
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.
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)
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.