NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The Canisius College golf team battled strong winds and a late charge from local rival St. Bonaventure, but in the end the Golden Griffins had enough in the bag to secure the 2011 Little Three Championship Tuesday afternoon at Niagara Falls Country Club. The Blue and Gold finished the 36-hole event with a team score of 619, besting the second-place Bonnies (626) and the host Niagara Purple Eagles (660).
This marks the second-straight year where the Griffs have won the Little Three event, an event that dates back to the 1956 season. A total of five Canisius players posted final round scores in the 70s on Tuesday, led by junior Michael Carrig and his second-round tally of 76. Carrig shot 74 in the morning session and ended up in second-place in the field with a two-round score of 150, one stroke behind individual champion Brian McKenna from St. Bonaventure, who shot 74-75 for a total of 149. The individual crown for McKenna earns the junior an automatic bid into the 2012 Porter Cup, which will also be played at Niagara Falls Country Club.
Junior Joe Vogl ranked second among Canisius golfers, posting a two-round score of 156 after shooting 77-79. Senior Stephen Seeler carded a 157 on the day with scores of 77-79, while junior Mike Spiotta and freshman Pat Fahey recorded scores of 158. Spiotta shot 77 in the second round after posting an 81 in the morning and Fahey, who was making his collegiate debut for the Blue and Gold, shot 80-78. Senior Scott Moser shot a 171 for the 36-holes with an 87 in the first round and an 84 in the nightcap.
"I thought our guys played pretty well today in some pretty tough, windy conditions," Canisius head coach Todd Hummel said. "We were coming off our first event two weeks ago where we didn't play at the top of our game, but to their credit, guys rallied today and did a really nice job from top to bottom."The Canisius golf team will return to action this weekend as the team takes part in the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. The first day of the 54-hole event starts Friday when the first and second rounds are played at the Bucknell Golf Club.