CHRIS SLADISH '92|
A native of nearby Owego, NY, Chris Sladish played golf at Binghamton from 1991-93. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1992, and received his master's degree in teaching mathematics from the University in 1994. Sladish was the catalyst behind Binghamton's emergence as one of the top Division III golf programs in the country. Halfway through his collegiate eligibility, Sladish traded Division I golf for a fledgling program back home at BU, and immediately delivered dividends.
In 1991-92, he led Binghamton to a seventh place finish in its first-ever NCAA Championship appearance, capturing three tournaments along the way. At the NCAA's, he earned All-America honors by placing 13th with a stroke average of 74.7. One year later, Sladish spearheaded one of the most dominant sports seasons in school history, leading BU to eight tournament titles, a number two national ranking, a fourth place finish at NCAA's, runner-up honors at the all-division ECAC Championship, and a win percentage of 97% (200-7).
In the fall, he fired a 68 at the Cornell Invitational to capture medalist honors for the second straight year. In the process, he became the first player to break 70 in the lengthy history of the tournament. At the spring NCAA's in California, Sladish placed fifth among 120 players, becoming the first Binghamton golfer to earn first team All-America honors. He also was voted Player of the Year in the 46-school District I.
In 1993, Sladish was honored as one of the top-five Division III All-America scholars. He was named BU "Athlete of the Year" in 1992-93, and also earned an ECAC Merit Medal.
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