COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's golf team had two members of the 2018-19 squad qualify for their respective home-state amateur championships this summer, as May graduate Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) took part earlier this week in Maine while rising sophomore Owen O'Malley (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) preps for next week's Massachusetts event.
Buteau carded a 5-over 75 during a qualifier at Waterville Country Club on June 27 to land a spot in the field of 132 for the 100th Maine Amateur Championship, which is taking place this week at Portland Country Club. Buteau shot a two-round 78-80--158 on Tuesday and Wednesday to miss the cut for the third round by five strokes. He dropped 10 strokes from his 2018 showing, which went 84-84--168 when he missed the cut by 15 shots.
Believed to be the only three-year captain in the history of the Saint Michael's men's golf program, Buteau averaged a career-low 79.83 strokes during his senior campaign. He was the Purple Knights' second-place scorer five times in 2018-19 and cracked 80 strokes 18 times in his career, including five times this year.
O'Malley heads to the 111th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, with the meet beginning on Monday, when he tees off at 12:37 p.m. Golfers take part in 36 holes of stroke play the first two days before qualifiers advance to as many as three days of match play, beginning on Wednesday. O'Malley qualified thanks to shooting a 2-over 72 at Cummaquid Golf Club in Yarmouth Port on June 26.
O'Malley made an immediate impact for the Purple Knights last fall, averaging 80.69 strokes during the school year while tying for the team's top spot at the Sept. 9-10 Franklin Pierce University Fall Invitational in his first tournament scoring for the squad. He tied for 19th (78-76--154) before placing second on the team the following week at the Sept. 17-18 Penmen Fall Classic, shooting 74-75--149. O'Malley competed in last summer's New England Amateur Championship, firing 81-77-158 to miss the cut for match play. He missed the cut for this year's tournament after carding a 12-over 82 during a qualifier on June 18 at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London, N.H.