VALATIE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team saw two competitors record scores in the 70s during day one of the two-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday at the Olde Kinderhook Golf Course. The Purple Knights are ninth among 10 teams with 321 strokes. The final round of competition occurs on Monday.
First-year Tim Donnelly (Lynn, Mass./Malden Catholic) led the way with a four-over 76, his best in three rounds as a collegian, to tie for 19th after day one. Donnelly paced the team on the back nine with three birdies and 36 strokes. Sophomore Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) carded a 79 to tie for 29th, claiming his fourth round in the 70s this fall. Classmate David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) is tied for 39th at 82 strokes, needing only 38 on the back nine, and first-year Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) fired 84 shots to tie for 42nd. Sophomore captain Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) rounded out the Purple Knights' five competitors.
As a team, Saint Michael's had the second-lowest average score on par-five holes on the day, needing 4.85 shots. Gaunt's 4.25-stroke average on par fives tied for the best among all competitors, while Donnelly and Johnson tied for third at 4.50. Donnelly tied for sixth with four birdies across all 18 holes.