HANOVER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team came within one stroke of its school record for a round on Tuesday while closing out play at Southern New Hampshire University's Penmen Fall Classic at the Hanover Country Club. The Purple Knights' 289 shots were just shy of a mark established on Sept. 12, 2010, which had also been the last time four players on the team fired 76 or better prior to all five doing so on Tuesday.
Saint Michael's finished 11th out of 13 varsity teams for the tournament with 602 shots, but its 289 over the final 18 holes was good for sixth place. Among the eight 2017 NCAA Championship competitors in the field, the Purple Knights bested Concordia (N.Y.) College (290), Franklin Pierce University (291) and Le Moyne College (294) during the closing round. Southern New Hampshire won with 555 shots.
Sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and first-year Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) both fired a 1-over 70 on Tuesday, with Johnson tying a personal best and Morse setting a season low for the third consecutive round. Both were three strokes off of a 28-year-old school standard, while Morse's score matches a total Johnson turned in last year on day two of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship; those figures are believed to be first-year program records. For the tournament, both tied for 37th at 9-over 147.
Three juniors rounded out the field. Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) matched his career-low round at 73 on day two while tying for 56th for the weekend at 152. David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) and Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) both carded personal-best 76s on Tuesday, as Buteau tied for 64th overall at 156 and Boardman was 72nd with a 160 in his season debut. Boardman tied for seventh with a 3.0 scoring average on par-three holes during the tournament.
The Purple Knights break until the NE10 Championship on Oct. 2-3, with action taking place at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London, N.H. It will be the Purple and Gold's third straight meet in New Hampshire to begin the season.