By: Colton Pankiewicz
Canisius saved their best for the last day of play at Magnolia golf course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. as junior Shane Broad and senior Mike Donner posted scores of 69 and 71 respectively, giving them each a total of 219 which tied them for fifth in the championship.
The duo's fifth-place tie is the best outing Canisius golfers have had since David Hanes finished third in the championship for the Griffs in 2017 and Joey Vogls finished fifth for the Griffs in 2013.
It’s the first time Canisius has had two golfers finish in the top five in the MAAC in at least 18 years.
“Me and Shane were sitting on the putting green before the third round, and Shane looked at me and said we were going par or under today,” said Donner.
“It meant a lot, considering how close we are,” said Broad. “It was a good feeling knowing we closed out our journey together like that.”
Broad’s relationship between Donner and himself went beyond golf at Canisius; it actually goes all the way back to high school where Donner (St. Francis) and Broad (St. Joes) were actually opponents on the course.
Freshman Ben Ramold finished 20th in the championship shooting a 75 (+3) on Sunday and a 224-stroke total in the tournament. Another Griff freshmen Ryan Edholm accounted for one of five eagles in the entire tournament and finished with a 79 on Sunday.
Canisius as a whole placed sixth out of nine teams shooting a 895 (+31), 22 strokes behind Rider (873) who took home the Gold in the MAAC championship which brought an end to the MAAC’s golf season.