Buteau and Johnson fire in 70s, men's golf notches best NEIGA finish in five years

Buteau and Johnson fire in 70s, men's golf notches best NEIGA finish in five years

BREWSTER, Mass. - A pair of Saint Michael's College men's golfers broke 80 to help the Purple Knights tie for the sixth-best improvement between rounds as the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship came to a close on Monday at The Captains Golf Course. In a field comprised of 29 Division II and III schools, Saint Michael's fired 667 strokes - including 328 on day two - to tie for 25th and claim its best finish at the meet since 2011.

In the team's fall finale, sophomore Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) tied for 17th among 43 Division II finishers and tied for 33rd out of 142 competitors overall by carding a two-day 158, recording a seven-under 79 for the second straight round. One of 13 Division II golfers with back-to-back performances in the 70s, he matched his second-lowest total of the fall. First-year Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) tied for 85th at 164 but was just three strokes out of the top 50. Johnson shaved six shots off of his first-round total while carding a 79 on Monday, notching his team-leading seventh round in the 70s this season.

Sophomore Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) finished the meet with 167 shots to place 96th, cutting one stroke off of his Sunday total thanks to a second-round 83. Classmate Mike Byrne (Pembroke, Mass./Boston College HS) trimmed four shots between rounds, firing an 87 on Monday and 178 shots for the tournament.

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