Men's golf, Johnson post historic performances at Franklin Pierce

Men's golf, Johnson post historic performances at Franklin Pierce

KEENE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team finished off a historic weekend at the Franklin Pierce University Fall Invitational at the Bretwood County Club on Monday with its lowest tournament score in more than a decade, and its best single-round figure in six seasons.

The Purple Knights, who were competing in a 11-team field that featured four squads that qualified for last year's NCAA Championship, took 11th after firing a two-round 621, their best score since carding a 619 at the October 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Championship. One day after totaling 314 strokes for their best round in three seasons, the Purple Knights improved that score to 307 on Monday, the squad's lowest single round since needing 301 strokes at the Green Mountain College Invitational on Sept. 25, 2010.

Saint Michael's had the second-best second-day improvement in the field, shaving seven strokes to only trail 2016 NCAA Championship qualifier Assumption College. The 307 shots were the ninth-best Monday score.

For the second straight day, sophomore Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) had a career-low round, firing 75 strokes after netting 76 on day one. He finished at seven-over 151 for the weekend, tying for 27th. First-year Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) ended the meet with 152 shots, carding a 72 on Monday to zoom up 17 spots in the standings and tie for 31st. His 72 was the best by a Purple Knight since Sept. 12, 2010, and the lowest score by a Saint Michael's first-year since Jonathan Goguen '09 shot a 71 on Oct. 3, 2005. Johnson's eight-stroke improvement was the third-best in the meet, as he tied for 11th on Monday alone.

Sophomore Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) shot 82 during the final day to tie for 51st at 159, and classmate David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) needed a career-low 78 shots on Monday to tie for 54th with a two-day total of 162. Senior Anthony Maiuri (Boxford, Mass./New Hampton School) was one stroke behind.

The Purple Knights remain in state for the Quechee Division II Challenge next Monday and Tuesday.