CONCORD, N.H. - Four Saint Michael's College men's golf student-athletes broke 80 strokes on Sunday during day two of their season-ending Penmen Spring Invitational, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Thanks to firing 309 strokes, the Purple Knights took seventh among eight teams on Sunday, within six shots of fifth place, while finishing eighth for the weekend with 640 shots. Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College won with 580 strokes.
Saint Michael's cut 22 shots between rounds, aided greatly by its quartet of sub-80s. After four Purple Knights had not broken 80 in the same round since Sept. 25, 2010, this year's squad turned the feat four times - including on Sunday - while also registering two rounds where all five entrants cracked 80 shots.
Junior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) and sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) shot identical rounds of 81 on Saturday and four-over 76 on Sunday, tying for 30th at 157 overall. Both moved up seven positions from day one to day two, while Buteau shot a career-low 76 for the fourth time this season.
First-year Jack Maino (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) fired an 82-78--160 for the tournament to tie for 39th, lowering his score in each of his final five rounds of the season, making all three of his tournament appearances in the spring segment of the school year. He became the sixth different Purple Knight to crack 80 this season with his career-low 78 on Sunday.
Junior David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) carded a 79 during the second round, trimming nine strokes from day one for the fourth-best improvement of the meet while finishing with 167 shots. First-year lefty Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) totaled 82 strokes on Sunday and 169 for the weekend.
Johnson, who shot in the 70s during 12 of 16 rounds this school year, ended the campaign with a 77.29-stroke average, the best by a Purple Knight since complete records became available in 2005-06. Junior Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), who missed the three spring meets while studying abroad, notched the program's sixth-best scoring average (79.20) over the past dozen years, while Morse landed 12th (79.83).