Canisius College sophomore Stephen Seeler shot a one-over par 73 to finish in a three-way tie for first place at the annual Little Three Championship Tuesday afternoon at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown, N.Y. Seeler was one of four Golden Griffin golfers to finish in the top-10 as the Blue and Gold posted a team-score of 302, one stroke behind St. Bonaventure, which claimed the overall tournament title with a score of 301. Niagara placed third in the event with a combined team-score of 328.
Seeler finished the day tied with St. Bonaventure's Chris Stoddard and Kevin Lewis with a 73 on the scorecard. The Victory, N.Y. native is the first Canisius golfer to finish atop the Little Three leaderboard since former Griff Rob Krajewski tied for first in the 2004 event at Niagara Falls Country Club.
"I'm happy to see Stephen play well and become our second medalist at the Little Three event in the last six years," head coach Todd Hummel said. "He really played well after a tough start where he was three-over par early. He put a really nice round together and closed out the day by going two-under on some difficult greens."
Freshman Mike Spiotta continued to play well early in his college career, tying for fourth place with a three-over par 75 on the day after placing 20th out of 65 golfers at the Turning Stone Intercollegiate this past weekend. Senior Drew Creighton shot a 76, which placed him sixth overall in the field. Freshman Joe Vogl (78) took eighth and senior Mike Jantzi (81) placed 10th overall for the Blue and Gold.
After playing 72 holes in three days, the golf team will have off until Sept. 18-19 when the team travels to the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa.