2018-19 Men's Golf Outlook

2018-19 Men's Golf Outlook

COLCHESTER, Vt. - With nearly the entire roster coming back, the Saint Michael's College men's golf team looks to build off of a historic 2017-18 school year and keep an eye toward making its first NCAA Championship.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Jason Bedard (4th year as head coach; 8th year with program)
Assistant Coach: Lou DiMasi III (4th year as assistant coach; 11th year with program)

LAST YEAR
2017 Northeast-10 Conference Championship:
7th/10
2017 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship: 15th/26

THIS YEAR
Returners:
7
Newcomers (First-Years): 3 (2)

FAST FACTS
Purple Knights registered best NEIGA Championship finish in 29 years, and fewest strokes at meet in at least 35 ... seventh at NE10 Championship with two lowest rounds and final score ever at the meet, finishing within two strokes of fifth place ... four Purple Knights broke 80 at NE10s for first time, on day one, then five did so during final round ... after four Saint Michael's golfers had not broken 80 in the same round since Sept. 25, 2010, the 2017-18 squad turned the feat four times, including registering two rounds where all five entrants cracked 80 shots ... Purple and Gold competitors recorded 36 rounds in the 70s - quadruple the team's total from two seasons prior - and finished in the top 50 at tournaments on 20 occasions ... four-member senior class matches program's largest in at least 30 years.

KEY DATES
With eyes on qualifying for the NCAA Championship for the first time, or at least securing its initial individual qualifier, Saint Michael's started its six-meet fall season on Sept. 2 by visiting Franklin Pierce University for a dual meet - its first since the fall of 1997 - before returning to New Hampshire for the Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational on Sept. 9-10 ... the Purple and Gold is at the Penmen Fall Invitational on Sept. 17-18 before heading to En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, N.Y., for the NE10 Championship on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 ... after the Post University Eagles Invitational on Oct. 8-9, the Purple and Gold closes its fall slate at the Le Moyne College Fall Invitational on Oct. 19-20, skipping the NEIGA Championship for the first time in at least 35 years ... the spring segment of the schedule has yet to be finalized.

SENIORS (4)

  • David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) | 83.6-stroke average | 6 meets | 4 rounds in 70s
  • Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) | third-year captain | 80.71-stroke average | 8 meets | 8 rounds in 70s
  • Mike Byrne (Pembroke, Mass./Boston College HS) | 83.0-stroke average | 1 meet
  • Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) | 79.2-stroke average | 5 meets | 6 rounds in 70s | studied abroad during spring

JUNIORS (1)

  • Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) | captain | 77.29-stroke average | 8 meets | 12 rounds in 70s | competed in 2018 New England Amateur Championship

SOPHOMORES (3)

  • Jack Maino (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) | 89.5-stroke average | 3 meets | 1 round in 70s
  • Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) | 79.83-stroke average | 7 meets | 6 rounds in 70s | tied Johnson's first-year school-record 70 on Sept. 19
  • Sean Muller (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) | first season of college golf

FIRST-YEARS (2)

  • Will Coontz (Pasadena, Calif./Saint Francis)
  • Owen O'Malley (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) | competed in 2018 New England Amateur Championship