Back to back: Griffs repeat as Little Three Champs

By: Samuel Brouwere

Sports Reporter

The Griffs men’s golf team had a big victory on Wednesday at River Oaks Golf Club in Grand Island, NY. They won the Little Three Championship for the second consecutive year with a team score of 700, finishing two strokes ahead of both Niagara University and St. Bonaventure.

The tournament wasn’t easy for the Griffs as they trailed Niagara University early down four strokes after the first round. The Griffs were able to not let that bother them and took care of business in the second round.

When asked about what it says about himself and his team as they were able to come back after trailing early on, junior Cory Cullen said “It says a lot that we were able to come back in the second round and pull out the win. It would have been easy for any of us to let the conditions get the better of us and let our scores get out of hand but everyone grinded. Every one of us had a round that day where things weren’t going great but we kept our heads in the game and kept the scores in a respectable range which was the difference in the end.”

Cullen posted a total score of 152 and shot eight over par, while posting a score of 74 in round two, to  finished 4th overall in the tournament. Cullen finishing 4th overall was the first time in his collegiate career in which he finished in the top five of tournament play. Also for the Griffs junior David Berkun and senior Andrew Romano tied for 5th posting total scores of 153 and shooting nine over par. Seniors Brendan Poslin and Hunter Sagar finished tied for 9th with total scores of 156 and finishing nine over par. In the first round, Sagar posted a score of 75 which helped keep the Griffs in it early and it was big for the Griffs in their win overall.

When asked about what this tournament meant to him and the other seniors as it was their last time participating in it, Sagar said “I’m happy that us seniors get to leave on a high note with another victory. I wish I would have played better myself, but I’m glad I could help the team with my first round’s score.”

It is good that the Griff seniors were able to leave on a high note with the victory in the tournament. As there are currently four seniors on the roster and this was a tournament that Griff players often performed very well in. In the last four years the Griffs have been Little Three Champions three of those years.

When asked if there is any extra motivation for this tournament for the Griff players, Sagar who won the individual title in 2014, said “There’s certainly some extra motivation. Golf is mostly individual so having individual incentive, like a Porter Cup invitation, definitely gets you a little more excited to play well.” Senior Josh Stauffer of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies actually won the individual title this year posting a total score of 148. However, the Griffs still were able to win the whole tournament as a team, by all of them posting scores that helped the team be the 2015 Little Three Champions.

The Griffs next tournament is the Binghamton Fall Classic on October 4-5 in Apalachin, NY. This tournament will be the last of the fall season for the Griffs.

When asked about if there is any extra motivation as this is their last tournament of the fall, Cory Cullen said “I think the motivation for this weekend lies in the fact that we have one more tournament for this fall season to beat some teams that we haven’t been able to beat in the past.  We have been close to beating Binghamton in a few events that I can remember and it would mean a lot to beat them at their own tournament. To me, that would put us in a good state of mind to get better in the offseason and prove to our team that we have what it takes to consistently beat any school we play and work our way to be contenders for a MAAC Championship come April.”

This will be a big test for the Griffs at the Binghamton Fall Classic. The Griffs do, however, have every reason to feel optimistic coming off a big team win.

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