Canisius Golf Ties for Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational Title

The golf team won a share of the Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational last weekend.

Matt Geneway (left) and Mike Donner (right) hold the trophy from last weekend's Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational. Canisius shared the title with rival Rider. Photo courtesy of GoGriffs.com

The golf team earned a share of Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational team championship at the Links at Hiawatha in Apalachian, N.Y. last weekend. 

The Griffs will share the title with MAAC rival Rider after the two teams posted a team score of 285 in the opening round on Sunday. The two teams sat five points ahead of third place Laval University.

The team score of 285 for Canisius was their lowest team score since the team posted a 284 in the opening round of the 2009 Bucknell Fall Invite, which also marks the last time Canisius led or were tied for a tournament lead as a team in an event with five or more teams in the field. 

Leading the Griffs were junior Matt Genaway and sophomore Mike Donner who were tied atop the individual leaderboard after both players shot 68 on Sunday. Genaway and Donner became the first Canisius duo to shoot in the 60s during a round since Genaway and teammate David Hanes each shot sub-70 rounds in a dual match against Niagara Sept. 23, 2017. Donner’s four-under-par score of 68 became his new collegiate career low.

Helping Rider keep up with Canisius was freshman Connor Bekefi who shot a season-low, three-under-par score of 69 on Sunday. Also contributing to the Broncos score was Nathan Bazant was a stroke back of Bekefi with a two-under score of 70, and Austin Devereux shot an even-par score of 72.

The second day of the tournament was washed out due to heavy rains Monday morning, which led to Genaway and Donner tying for individual medalist. 

Genaway and Donner are the first Griffs to earn individual medalist honors since teammate Hanes won a medal at the 2016 Little Three Championship. The duo also become the first Canisius golfers to earn individual medalist honors at an event other than the Little Three Championship since former Griff Drew Creighton won the 2007 Robert Morris Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Canisius will close out the 2019 fall season Oct. 13-14 when the team travels to Lewisburg, Pa. for the Bucknell Invitational.

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