April 30, 2006
Lake Buena Vista, FL - The Siena College men's team won their 11th league title, while the Siena College women's team captured its sixth conference crown in the 2006 JetBlue Airways MAAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships at the Magnolia Golf Course in Walt Disney World.
Siena men, who entered the day with a 15-stroke lead, shot a final-round 296 to finish with a three-day total of 908. Loyola College finished in second place with a final score of 923, while Iona took third place (925). Rider University (927) placed fourth, followed by Niagara University (938), Canisius College (952), Fairfield University (965), Manhattan College (974) and Saint Peter's College (1025).
Kyle Underwood of Iona followed up his first rounds of 72 and 72 with a 71 this afternoon to finish with a tournament total of 215 to win the McLeod Award, presented to the MAAC individual champion. The award is named after Charles "Scott" McLeod, a 1980 graduate of Iona College, who passed away in 1985 after a life-long fight with kidney-related ailments. McLeod was also a lifetime member of the Pelham Country Club, where the MAAC Tournament was held in the middle 1980's, and was a sponsor of the tournament the first year it was held at Pelham.
Junior Bryan Bigley finished second with 219 and Allen Parker of Siena scored a 225 to round out the top five men's finishers. Senior Robby Bigley finished eighth, while Dennis Gosier finished 11th overall and Aler Arrigo finished 13th in the Saints clubhouse.
For the men, with the win, the Saints receive an automatic bid to play in the NCAA.
For the Saints, the women's team claimed its sixth MAAC Championship title with a final score of 972. Sophomore Bridget Erwin of Siena won the McLeod Award on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff this afternoon with a three-day total of 239. Melissa Agostinelli (239) and Laura Woolgar (242) finished second and third, respectively. Senior Jillian Blanchard finished fourth after carding her lowest score of 80 in the final round. Megan Angis finsihed 10th.
The women's team will not play in the NCAA, because the MAAC only has two women's golf team in the league.
1 Siena College 306 306 296 908
2 Loyola College 311 316 296 923
3 Iona College 310 312 303 925
4 Rider University 317 305 305 927
5 Niagara University 325 305 308 938
6 Canisius College 316 320 316 952
7 Fairfield University 319 332 314 965
8 Manhattan College 330 334 310 974
9 St. Peter's College 341 343 341 1025
1 Siena College 330 328 314 972
2 Fairfield University 360 351 345 1056