QUECHEE, Vt. - Three Saint Michael's College men's golfers broke 80 on day one of the two-day Quechee Division II Challenge on Monday at the Quechee Club. The Purple Knights fired 313 total strokes, tying for ninth among 13 schools and standing seven strokes shy of fourth. Day two begins on Tuesday with 11 a.m. tee times.
First-year Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) paced Saint Michael's by carding a three-over 75 on the Lakeland Course, tying for 19th, while sophomore Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and first-year Tim Donnelly (Lynn, Mass./Malden Catholic) both shot a 77 to tie for 30th place. Donnelly was making his first college appearance, as he debuted with the lowest score by a Purple Knight rookie since Nick Angelo '13 needed 73 strokes on Sept. 5, 2009. Sophomore Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) rounded out his team's scorers at 84 shots, tying for 67th.
Monday's competition also saw Saint Michael's boast three players who broke 80 in consecutive rounds for the first time since the Oct. 2-3, 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Championship. Gaunt, Johnson and sophomore David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) were the trio in the 70s during the most recent round, last Monday at the Franklin Pierce University Fall Invitational.