Three Canisius golfers will take part in the 92nd annual New York State Men’s Amateur Championship, which will be held July 22-24 at Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, N.Y. Rising junior Andrew Romano and rising sophomores David Berkun and Cory Cullen have all qualified to be in the 156-player field.
The New York State Amateur Championship is a 72-hole, stroke-play event. There is a cut after the first 36 holes are complete, with the low 40 players and ties advancing to the final two rounds.
Romano will be the first Golden Griffin off the tee in round one July 22, as he has been paired with Paul Auletta and Andrew Burke. Romano qualified for this year’s New York State Amateur Championship event by shooting a one-over par score of 73 at the “Sunday Qualifier”, which was held July 20 at Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville, N.Y. Romano is a two-year letterwinner for the Canisius golf team, where he has played in 19 career events with two top-five finishes and 11 top-20 placements.
Berkun will go off the first tee at 12:30 p.m., on July 22 in a group with Kevin Peters and Timothy Coglietta. The Getzville, N.Y., native earned a spot in this year New York State Amateur Championship after he tied for second at the Buffalo qualifying event at River Oak Golf Course with his score of 70, which was two-under par. Berkun played in all nine events for the Canisius golf team during the 2013-14 season and he recorded three top-20 finishes.
Cullen, the 2014 MAAC Golf Rookie of the Year, earned his spot in the New York State Amateur Championship after he won the Buffalo qualifier at River Oaks after he carded a 69, which was three-under par. Cullen will start his first round July 22 from the 10th tee at Bellevue Country Club at 12:57 p.m., where he will play with Drew Tomback and Andrew Edbauer. Cullen played in eight of Canisius’ nine events last season and he earned two top-10 finishes for the Blue and Gold. His scoring average of 77.8 ranked third on the 2013-14 Canisius roster behind Romano’s team-best 77.0.One of Cullen’s playing partners in round one – Andrew Edbauer, earned a spot in the New York State Amateur Championship after he qualified in the Buffalo regional. Edbauer won four varsity letters at Canisius as a member of the school’s swimming and diving program.