LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Golf fired a score of 288 for its lowest round of the fall season to surge to a fifth place finish at the Ninth Annual Connecticut Cup at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, Connecticut. Juniors Jack Bellardini and Michael Christifulli each finished tied for 12th overall individually.
The host Huskies won the event, besting nearest challenger Cornell by six strokes over the 54-hole tournament. Rhode Island was third, followed by Hartford and then the Saints who finished 18 strokes off the pace. Siena was the top MAAC finisher in the 15-team field as the Saints were 12 strokes better than Rider and 22 shots clear of Fairfield.
Siena shot three consecutive sub-300 rounds and finished play with its lowest score of the fall. The Saints’ Third Round score of 288 was seven strokes better than its previous low this fall of 295 at the Third Round of the season-opening Cornell Invitational.
Bellardini and Christifulli mirrored each other’s performances over all 54 holes in posting identical rounds of 73, 74 and 72. The duo finished at +3 for the tournament to stand six strokes behind individual champion Mike Graboyes of Cornell.
Christifulli birdied three consecutive holes from 11-13 in the Second Round, while Bellardini recorded three Final Round birdies. Sophomore Jake Holt led the Saints with a Final Round score of 71, which was highlighted by an eagle on the par-five 11th.
Siena wraps up its fall season with the Lehigh Invitational Oct. 20-21.