By Josh Svetz
Josh Stauffer has been a key player for St. Bonaventure’s golf team over the years, and this year is no exception.
Stauffer was firing on all cylinders at the Leo Keenan Invitational, shooting a three-under 67 at the Bartlett Country Club last Monday. The round tied the lowest ever by a St. Bonaventure player in the history of the tournament, and tied the second lowest round ever by a St. Bonaventure student.
Overall, Stauffer tallied a two-under 138 for the tournament.
The stellar play earned him the Atlantic 10 golfer of the week award.
“It means a lot,” said Stauffer. “Being able to tie somebody else’s lowest round ever here at the Keenan is really special, something I’ve been working on for four years here and something I can put my name next to.”
In terms of his preparation for the event, Stauffer felt comfortable on the course for multiple reasons.
“I’ve grown up on that course,” he said. “I’ve played in the Penn York and having the course only a half hour away from my hometown, I’ve been there and played in a lot of tournaments there, so I’m very familiar with the course. I’m just really confident playing there.”
While Stauffer was happy with his performance, his focus is on the big picture as he’s close to becoming one of the best golfers to come out of the program.
In fact, Stauffer’s 138 trails only three golfers in the history of St. Bonaventure. This performance coupled with his 140 at last year’s Atlantic 10 Championship- among other performances- has him in good company in the record book.
“I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet just because I feel like my career here has gone so fast,” said Stauffer. “I feel like I should be a sophomore, maybe a junior at most, but being a senior here definitely has gone by fast. I want to be the best ever to come here.”
Stauffer will look to follow up his top-notch performance Wednesday, as he and the rest of the team travel to Niagara Falls Country Club for the Little Three Championship.