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Monday, March 25, 2013

Stauffer Leads Bonnies at Golf Tourny


Led by Josh Stauffer's runner-up finish, the St. Bonaventure men's golf team placed seventh of 11 teams on Sunday in the weather-shortened La Salle Invitational.

Stauffer (pictured) fired a 2-over par 73 at Talamore Country Club and finished two shots back of medalist Brandon Shin of Hofstra. Siena's Jess Esposito also had a 73, but Stauffer was awarded low-medalist runner-up on a match of cards.

The Bonnies carded a 719 team total and finished 23 strokes behind champion Hofstra. The tournament was scheduled to conclude with Monday's second round, but expected inclement weather wiped out the final 18 holes.

Other than Stauffer, Brian McKenna was the only other SBU player to post a sub-80 round as the senior tied for 20th in 63-player field with a 79. Also for the Bonnies, junior Scott Brady shot 83 and tied for 33rd while freshman Darren Simons and junior Chris Mackey tied for 41st with rounds of 84.

Stauffer recorded three birdies and was 1-under par on the course's three par-5 holes. The Bradford, Pa., native shot 37 over the front nine and cut a stroke off of that over the final nine holes.

For his effforts, Stauffer achieved his fifth top-10 finish in eight tournaments this season and the freshman hasn't finished lower than 14th in any event. McKenna, meanwhile, placed among the top 20 for the fourth time this year.

Behind two-time La Salle Invitational champion Shin, Hofstra (296) finished nine shots better than runner-up La Salle (305). Third-place Rider (307) was followed by Manhattan (316), Monmouth (317), Siena (317), St. Bonaventure (319), Fordham (325), St. Francis, Pa. (332), Alvernia (350) and Niagara (360).

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