ROCHESTER – The Empire 8 Conference announced its 2019-20 Men’s Golf All-Conference awards recently. Senior Colin McGaugh of St. John Fisher was named Player of the Year, while first-year Connor Affinito (Queensbury) of The Sage Colleges was named Rookie of the Year, and Dave Clausen and Brian Marcantonio of Utica College were named the E8 Coaching Staff of the Year.
Sage junior co-captain Blake Pritchard – a 2017 graduate of Franklin Academy in Malone – garnered a spot on the All-League Second Team, while also earning a selection as a member of the Sportsman of the Year Team. While competing at the league’s fall championship, Pritchard picked up an impressive tie for seventh place with his two-day total of 160 (83-77).
Pritchard, son of Edward and Christine Pritchard, capped his 2017-18 rookie season at Sage as the Gator of the Year, and was the team’s low scorer at every meet on the 2017-18 season. In the fall, Sage competed at the Empire 8 Fall Championship at Kanon Valley Golf Club in Oneida, an event that saw Pritchard finished tied for 29th after posting rounds of 89 and 78 for a 167 total. In the spring at the Hershey Country Club (Hershey, Pennsylvania), Pritchard carded a 182 on rounds of 84 and 94 and was tied for 16th overall.
As a sophomore, he was once again saluted as the Gator of the Year and was the top finisher at nearly every single meet during the 2018-19 season. At the fall Empire 8 Championship, he finished tied for 23rd, then carded a two-day total of 169 (85-84) to finish 27th at the 2019 Empire 8 Spring Championship.
Now a junior, he opened 2019 as a medalist at the SUNY-Cobleskill Fall Jug Invitational after posting a score of 73. He shot a 36 on the front nine and a 37 on the back nine to take home the individual title while leading Sage to a third-place team finish.
Pritchard, who is majoring in health sciences at Sage, was a two-year captain for the Franklin Academy Huskies in both his junior and senior seasons. He earned All-NAC First Team honors both his junior and senior years, helped the Huskies to a first-place tie in the conference his junior year and led the team to a Section 10 title as a senior.
He also earned high honors each year during his high school career.