By: Jon Skuza
The Canisius men’s golf team finished second at the Little Three Championship Tuesday afternoon at Bartlett Country Club in Olean, N.Y.
Canisius posted a 36-hole score of 598 on their way to a second place finish in a three team field. The host school, St. Bonaventure, won the event with a team score of 578, while Niagara finished third with a team score of 601.
After the first 18-holes, Canisius was sitting in third place with a score of 303, sitting one stroke behind Niagara. Canisius had a strong second round with a score of 294 beating Niagara by four strokes and taking second place by three strokes. St. Bonaventure scored back-to-back rounds of 289 to win their fourth consecutive Little Three Championship.
Canisius senior Jaret Chipman recorded his third career top-five finish by tying for second in the field with a two-round score of 145, highlighted by an even-par round of 70 in the second round of the event. Juniors Michael Wells and Matt Genaway tied for ninth with scores of 150 for the event, while senior David Hanes placed 16th with his two-round score of 155.
St. Bonaventure’s Nolan Ditcher took individual medalist honors at the 2019 Little Three Championship after he posted a two-round score of 142. By winning this honor, Ditcher has automatically secured a berth into the 2020 Porter Cup.
With four straight wins at the Little Three Golf Championships, St. Bonaventure have gone on their longest stretch of consecutive titles at the event since the Bonnies won six straight from 2004-2009. Since 2000, Canisius and St. Bonaventure have combined to win 16 of the last 19 Little Three Championships.
Canisius will return to action this weekend when they take part in the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. The three round tournament will take place on September 14 and 15.