Men's Golf Junior Matt Johnson Ties for 50th at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship
Saint Michael's College men's golf junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) finished play at the three-day NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship on Saturday by tying for 50th among 107 competitors at the Totteridge Golf Course in Greensburg, Pa. Johnson was the first member of his program to ever qualify for NCAAs, and made his second big move up the standings in as many rounds on the final day.
Johnson qualified for the regional as one of the top four players from the East not among the 10 teams that also qualified. Combined with the Atlantic region, 20 squads and eight individuals were at the meet. Including all four regional sites, 80 teams and 32 unattached individuals contended for spots in the NCAA Championship, set for May 20-24 in Daniels, W.Va. Johnson placed fourth among the eight individual qualifiers, leading all East solo competitors. Among all 53 East region golfers, Johnson tied for 29th. Out of the 24 student-athletes from the Northeast-10 Conference, whether having qualified as part of a team or individually, Johnson tied for the 15th-best score.
Johnson shot a 5-over 77 on his final day after carding a 79 during each of the first two rounds. He finished 19 over par with 235 shots during his first collegiate three-round tournament. Johnson improved his standing each of the last two rounds, having entered Saturday tied for 57th after tying for 63rd on day one. His movement between rounds two and three tied for 25th in the field, and he was only six strokes outside the top 30.
Johnson was one of 40 golfers to break 70 in all three rounds, shooting in the 70s during each of his final 11 rounds this school year. He has carded scores in the 70s 36 times in his career and finished the season with a 75.00-stroke average, besting his prior career low of 77.29 from 2017-18, which was the best by a Purple Knight in at least 12 seasons.