BREWSTER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team concluded the fall portion of its 2017-18 season with its best finish at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship in 29 years on Monday at The Captains Golf Course, as the Purple Knights took 15th among 26 NCAA Division II and III schools. The 1988 squad had taken 11th place, one of the program's three top-20 showings in the past 31 years prior to this weekend's performance.
With 634 strokes, the Purple and Gold carded its lowest NEIGA score since at least 1982, trimming the 1997 squad's 638 shots. Saint Michael's had never compiled fewer than the 641 put up in 2011 since the meet moved to The Captains Golf Course in 2000. The Purple Knights, who held off Springfield College by two shots for 15th overall, fired 315 strokes on Monday alone, coming within four shots of American International College for sixth place among Division II teams.
Junior David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) and sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) shared low-man honors on Monday, both shooting a 6-over 78 to tie for 49th overall out of 127 finishers, and tie for 17th among Division II participants. Johnson's 10-over 76-78--154 paced Saint Michael's for the tournament, as he tied for 39th overall and tied for 17th in D2. It was the best final score by a Purple Knight at the NEIGA Championship since Jeremy Goulet '98 totaled 150 strokes at the 1997 meet.
Junior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) tied for 63rd with a 79-80--159, tying for 25th in D2, while Boardman finished tied for 74th at 83-78--161, tying for 28th in D2. First-year Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) was one stroke away from his team's leaders on Monday with a 79, as he ended the weekend tied for 79th behind an 83-79--162, also matching for 31st place in D2. Junior Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) met him with an 81-81--162 for the meet.