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Golf Wins the 2010 Little Three Championship

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 09/14/2010
Sophomore Mike Spiotta
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LEWISTON, N.Y. - The Canisius College golf team won the program's first Little Three Championship since 1991 after the Golden Griffins posted a team score of 291 Tuesday afternoon at Niagara Falls Country Club in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Canisius had all four of its scoring players rank among the final top-six in the field, led by senior Michael Knott and sophomore Mike Spiotta. Both players shot a two-over par 72 on the day and finished in a three-way tie for second with St. Bonaventure golfer Brian McKenna. Junior Stephen Seeler placed fifth with round of 73, while sophomore Michael Carrig took sixth-place in the field after shooting 74. Niagara's Quinn Vilneff won the 2010 Little Three individual title after he carded a one-over par 71.

"I was able to make some putts today and I was able to get up-and-down a few times which really helped me," Knott said of his round. "I saved bogey on 12 that kind of got me turned around and I had a good save from the sand on No. 17. Winning this tournament shows that our program is defiantly headed in the right direction."

Canisius' championship comes one year after the Blue and Gold fell to the Bonnies by just one stroke. St. Bonaventure had won six-straight Little Three crowns before Tuesday, while the Griffs have taken second-place in three of the previous five years.

"I'm very proud of all of our guys and this is a big step forward for our program," Canisius head coach Todd Hummel said. "We came out here today and proved we can win a tournament on a good course. This is just another step toward our ultimate goal of winning the MAAC Championship."

The golf team will return to action Sept. 25-26 when the team takes part in the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. That event will conclude the 2010 fall season for the Griffs.

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