ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Canisius College senior golfer Michael Carrig posted a two-round score of 140, highlighted by a course record 67 in the first round, and fellow senior Mike Spiotta posted a two-round tally of 145 to help lead the Golden Griffins to a third-straight Little Three Golf Championship Wednesday afternoon at Harvest Hill Golf Course. Carrig, who followed his career-low round of 67 with a one-over par 73, won the individual medalist title at this year's event and has earned an automatic berth into the 2013 Porter Cup.
As a team, the Blue and Gold posted team scores of 292 and 298 for a 36-hole total of 590 to give the Griffs their third-straight championship over their local rivals. This marks the first time in Canisius history the team has won three-straight Little Three Golf Championships, which was played for the 58th time since 1952. St. Bonaventure placed second in the team event with a team total of 599 and Niagara took third with a team tally of 625.
With the tournament starting on the back nine, Carrig started the day by going out in 35, highlighted by his birdie on the par-5 18th hole. From there, the Buffalo, N.Y., native birdied four of the next six holes, capped by back-to-back birds on the par-3 fifth hole and the par-5 sixth. He closed out his first round with a 32 to record the 67, which is the lowest score for a Canisius golfer since Drew Creighton posted a school-record low round of 65 at Montour Heights Country Club outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 8, 2007. Carrig locked up the individual crown with a one-over par round of 73 in the second round to secure his second appearance in the Porter Cup next summer.
"I had a good round going early, I was just playing par golf," Carrig said. "I got a birdie on nine that kind of jump started my round and I ended up with birdies on five of the last 10 holes in the morning. It means a lot to qualify for the Porter Cup. I played in it in 2010 and I hope to play better this time around. It is obviously a great opportunity for me."
Spiotta finished second in the field with his 145 for 36 holes, capped with an even-par round of 72 in the afternoon session. Canisius freshman Hunter Sagar took sixth overall after shooting 78-73-151 and fellow freshman Brendan Polsin tied for 12th with his scores of 76-80-156. Josh Stauffer and defending Little Three individual medalist Brian McKenna from St. Bonaventure tied for third in the field for the Bonnies, while Niagara's Michael Jiggins shot 77-73-150 to earn fifth-place honors.
"This is a blast, it is always fun to get a win," Canisius head coach Todd Hummel said. "A three-peat is nice and it shows our program is going in the right direction. With Carrig winning the qualifier into the Porter Cup, it is great to have a local guy from our team taking part in a great international event. He missed it last year by a stroke or two, and he came out and took it into his own hands today, which is great to see."The Griffs will return to action Sept. 14-15 when the team travels to Lewisburg, Pa., to take part in the annual Bucknell Invitational.