Johnson twice breaks 80 on Friday during season-ending Mike Bello Invitational

Johnson twice breaks 80 on Friday during season-ending Mike Bello Invitational

BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. - First-year Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) broke 80 twice on Friday to lead the Saint Michael's College men's golf team during the 36-hole Mike Bello Invitational at Timber Banks Golf Club. In their first meet since October, the Purple Knights closed out the school year by placing 13th among 14 schools with 688 strokes. Host Le Moyne College won the event with 602 strokes.

Johnson finished the season with a 78.00-stroke average, the second-best figure by a Purple Knight since complete records became available for the 2005-06 school year. He narrowly trailed Mark Mitchell's '11 2009-10 average of 77.88. Johnson tied for 23rd place with a two-round 12-over 156, shooting 79 in the opening round and a 77 on the back 18. He was only two strokes outside the top 14. Johnson broke 80 nine times in 14 rounds as a rookie.

Sophomore Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) tied for 34th at 161, trimming 15 shots off of his opening-round total to card a second-round 73, a career low that left him four strokes short of the round leader. His 15-shot improvement was the best at the invitational. Gaunt averaged 80.50 strokes for the school year, 1.90 better than during his debut season. Sophomore Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) tied for 64th with an 84-91--175, ending the year by trimming 1.85 shots off of his 2015-16 figure. Classmate David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) rounded out the Purple Knights' scorers by taking 72nd, and sophomore Mike Byrne (Pembroke, Mass./Boston College HS) concluded his initial year of college golf by placing 73rd.