GREENSBURG, Pa. - Saint Michael's College men's golf junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) moved up six spots in the standings during the second day of the three-day NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship on Friday at the Totteridge Golf Course. Johnson is tied for 57th among 107 competitors.
The first member of his program to ever qualify for NCAAs, Johnson concludes play at regionals on Saturday with a round that begins at 8:50 a.m.
- Junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) is tied for 57th among 107 competitors, having fired a 7-over 79 during each of the first two rounds of the three-day tournament. He is 14 over par with 158 shots heading into Saturday's final day.
- Johnson teed off from the course's 10th hole at 1 p.m. as part of the same threesome he was assigned to on Thursday's opening day, which included student-athletes from Virginia Union University and Wilmington (Del.) University, a fellow East region program.
- Johnson moved up six spots from his day one placement, matching the 40th-best improvement in the field.
- Johnson fired a 3-over 39 on his front nine holes before finishing on holes No. 1 through 9 to end his day, a leg that included a birdie on the par-four sixth hole.
- Johnson is five strokes outside the top 25.
- This was his 35th career round in the 70s, and 10th straight.
- Among 53 East region golfers, Johnson is tied for 33rd.
- 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.
- Johnson stands fifth among the eight individual qualifiers, leading all East solo qualifiers.
- Out of the 24 competitors from the Northeast-10 Conference, whether having qualified as part of a team or individually, Johnson has the 16th-best score.
- 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.