GREENSBURG, Pa. - Saint Michael's College men's golf junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) had a strong back nine during the opening day of the three-day NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship on Thursday at the Totteridge Golf Course to move into a tie for 63rd among 107 competitors. The first member of his program to ever qualify for nationals, Johnson returns to action on Friday.
- Junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) is tied for 63rd among 107 competitors, having fired a 7-over 79 during the first round of the three-day tournament.
- Johnson teed off from the course's first hole at 8:30 a.m. as part of a threesome that included student-athletes from Virginia Union University and Wilmington (Del.) University, a fellow East region program.
- After shooting a 6-over 42 on the front nine, Johnson rallied for a 1-over 37 on the back leg of the course. He carded an even-par 28 on the final six holes, firing birdies on holes No. 12 and 15.
- In a competitive field, Johnson is only four strokes outside the top 20.
- This was his 34th career round in the 70s, and ninth straight.
- Among 53 East region golfers, Johnson is tied for 34th.
- 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 are at the meet.
- Including all four regional sites, 80 teams and 32 unattached individuals are contending for spots in the NCAA Championship on May 20-24 in Daniels, W.Va. At least the top three teams and top two individual performers from each region advance to the finals.
- Johnson is the first member of his program to ever qualify for an NCAA Championship regional field.