NEW LONDON, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team set two more school records on Tuesday while taking seventh place at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Lake Sunapee Country Club, and coming within two strokes of fifth place. All five Purple and Gold competitors broke 80 in a round at the NE10 Championship for the first time.
The Purple Knights carded 304 shots on Tuesday, registering their best 18-hole round at the NE10 meet since joining the league in 1987-88 for the second straight day, having shot 305 on Monday. Their 609 total strokes were their fewest in 22 36-hole conference championships, shattering the mark of 626 set by the 2003-04 squad. As a team, the Purple and Gold placed third in birdies (19) for the tournament while taking fourth in par-five scoring average (4.9).
After being selected to finish ninth among 10 teams in the NE10 Championship pre-meet poll by the league's coaches, Saint Michael's not only placed as high as seventh for the first time since tying for sixth in 2011, but was within one shot of 2017 NCAA Championship qualifier Franklin Pierce University and two short of fifth-place Assumption College. The Purple Knights trimmed eighth-place The College of Saint Rose, an NCAA squad last spring, by three shots. Bentley University won with 592 strokes. On day two alone, Saint Michael's had the fifth-best score, within six shots of second place.
Junior Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) led the Purple and Gold by tying for 16th with an 11-over 75-76--151 for the tournament, turning in the best placement by a member of his program since Nathaniel Young '16 tied for 10th in 2014. Gaunt and Young both fired 151 strokes, with Will Crall '09 the last to best that score, with 149 in 2008. Gaunt took second with six birdies while placing seventh in par-three scoring average (3.3).
Sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) tied for 20th by shooting 77-75--152, nabbing the second top-20 showing during an NE10 meet of his career. First-year Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) tied for 23rd at 77-76--153, tying for second on par five holes (4.0) and tying for third in birdies (5). Junior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) fired 76-78--154 for the tournament to tie for 27th, while classmate David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) trimmed a championship-best 13 strokes between Monday and Tuesday, carding a 77 on day two to finish the meet in 46th place at 167 overall.
The Purple Knights compete next at the Le Moyne College Fall Invitational on Oct. 13-14 in Cicero, N.Y.