KEENE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team dropped a tournament-best 27 strokes from its opening-day total on Monday at the Franklin Pierce University Fall Invitational, tying for fourth on day two to finish ninth overall out of 10 squads at Keene Country Club. The Purple Knights notched 315 strokes over the final 18 holes to end up with 657 for the weekend, one short of eighth-place Goldey-Beacom (Del.) College.
Saint Michael's tied Assumption College and Post University on Monday while clipping two squads that carded a 316, among them regional power Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College, which advanced to three of the past four NCAA National Championships and came within one stroke of claiming its second straight NCAA East/Atlantic Super Regional Championship title last spring. Southern New Hampshire University, which qualified for the past four NCAA Championships, won the meet with 594 shots.
Sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) finished two strokes off the lead while tying for fourth on the final day with a one-over 73, cutting six shots and ending the weekend in 11th place at eight-over 152. Johnson tied for fourth in the tournament by carding six birdies over the two days. First-year Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) tied for 32nd with 161 shots, turning in a 78 over the final round thanks to reducing five shots, while junior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) trimmed a team-best 10 shots while firing an 80 on Monday. He ended up tied for 52nd at 170, while classmate Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) shot 174 for the tournament.
The Purple Knights return to New Hampshire next Monday and Tuesday for Southern New Hampshire's Penmen Fall Classic at Hanover Country Club. Day one action begins at 9 a.m.