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2018-10-10 / Sports

St. Joe’s Broad wins All-Catholic Individual Golf Title

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI Reporter


CHAMPION - Shane Broad putts for birdie 10 feet from the pin on the first hole at All-Catholic Individual Championships at Brierwood Country Club Monday. Broad finished first in the event with an overall score of 70. He, along with three teammates, will represent St. Joe’s at the NYCHSAA State Championship in the spring. 
Photo by Jake French CHAMPION - Shane Broad putts for birdie 10 feet from the pin on the first hole at All-Catholic Individual Championships at Brierwood Country Club Monday. Broad finished first in the event with an overall score of 70. He, along with three teammates, will represent St. Joe’s at the NYCHSAA State Championship in the spring. Photo by Jake French Coming into Monday’s All-Catholic Individual Golf Championship, St. Joe’s coach Dan Misko was confident his top senior could come out on top if he played his best. That is exactly what Shane Broad did, as he shot a two-under-par 70 to claim the All-Catholic Individual Championship.

“Golf is a very humbling game and has its ups and downs,” Misko said. “Shane is someone who has been very consistent all year as a senior member of our team. If he goes out and plays his game, we did expect him to be right around or competing for that title.”

Broad has a powerful drive and is a good ball-striker, which helped him navigate the wet conditions at Brierwood Country Club Monday morning. It gave him an advantage over the other golfers.

“He drives the ball long and straight,” Misko said. “The course was a little wet after all the rain we’ve had, so that was an advantage compared to the field. His ball-striking is pretty solid most days, so when you look at wet conditions and very little room for error, I think that played a role yesterday where he struck the ball very well, given the wet conditions and thus was able to shoot a score under par yesterday.”

Broad was not alone at the top of the leaderboard, as his teammate, senior Connor MacDonald finished second overall at an even-par 72. Similarly, MacDonald’s superior driving game powered him to a strong finish.

“He drives the ball longer and straight,” Misko said. “He has a solid wedge game. When you look at Brierwood, where there is a premium on length and hitting the ball straight as well, Connor would put himself in position all day to score.”

The duo qualified for the CHSAA State Championship, which will take place at James Barrett Park in Poughkeepsie in late May or early June. They’ll be joined by their teammates Robbie Cehulik and Donald Tiburzi, who shot a 79 and 80 Monday, respectively.

“We’ll be representing St. Joe’s very well with four guys going to the state championship,” Misko said.

The All-Catholics were split into two meets this year, with the team championships taking place at Harvest Hill Golf Course. The Marauders finished second overall, just five shots behind Canisius. The team played solid overall, but could have come out on top with a better hole here or there.

“I would say we played OK,” Misko said. “There was room for improvement. First I would say Canisius has been first all year and they are deserving of the title. But like everything in golf, every shot matters. We lost by five shots. There was a chance for improvement on our end. Our guys coming in on No. 8 and No. 9 at Harvest Hill lost quite a few shots. We could have been right there, if not challenge Canisius for that title. We played OK, not great. All that said, Canisius is deserving of the title - they’ve had a great year.”

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