Johnson and Locke Take Top Two Spots on Opening Day of NE10 Championship

Johnson and Locke Take Top Two Spots on Opening Day of NE10 Championship

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - A historic opening day of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship came to an end on Sunday with a pair of Saint Michael's College men's golfers atop the leaderboard, as senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) stands first and first-year Brendan Locke (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) second at the En-Joie Golf Course. Final day action begins Monday at 9 a.m.

TEAM RESULTS

  • As a team, the Purple Knights are tied for fourth among 10 programs with a 10-over 298, the lowest 18-hole round at an NE10 Championship in program history. Today's round was the 55th complete 18-hole round Saint Michael's has played at NE10s, and bested the 2017-18 team's performance, when the Purple and Gold had both the lowest round (304, Day 2) and top opening round (305) at a league meet.
  • The 298 strokes accounted for the fifth-best round in program annals, with four coming since 2017.
  • Saint Michael's is tied with perennial power Franklin Pierce University and The College of Saint Rose for fourth place while holding off seventh-place Bentley University, which advanced to the NCAA Championship finals last spring, by two shots.
  • In a close field, the Purple Knights are within six strokes of first place, as Assumption College (292), Southern New Hampshire University (293) and Le Moyne College (294) lead the way.
  • Senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) carded the lowest score ever by a Purple Knight at NE10s, going 4-under 68 to not only take first place on the opening day but come within one shot of Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Famer Steve Gretkowski's '90 30-year-old school record. He was two strokes shy of the league mark for an NE10 Championship.
  • First-year Brendan Locke (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) is second at 2-under 70, as he and Johnson are among only five golfers under par, and the lone teammates to turn the trick. Locke matched a program record for the best score by a first-year at any meet while joining Johnson as the only Purple Knight first-years to ever shoot 70 at NE10s.

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional)
    • 4-under 68
    • First among 50 golfers
    • One stroke short of 30-year-old school record
    • Two strokes short of best round by any golfer in NE10 Championship history
    • First in par-four scoring (3.80) and birdies (8)
    • Tied for first in par-five scoring (4.25)
    • 42nd career round in the 70s
    • Shot in 70s during last 17 rounds
  • First-year Brendan Locke (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead)
    • 2-under 70
    • Second among 50 golfers
    • Tied school record for lowest round by first-year at any meet
    • Tied for first in par-three scoring (2.75)
    • Tied for second in par-four scoring (3.90)
    • Tied for third in pars (12)
    • Fourth career round in the 70s
  • Junior Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy)
    • 6-over 78
    • Tied for 36th
    • 17th career round in the 70s
  • Sophomore Owen O'Malley (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield)
    • 10-over 82
    • Tied for 44th
    • Tied for fifth in par-five scoring (4.50)
    • Posted one of five eagles in the field, carding a three on the par-five 12th hole
  • First-year Kevin Mannion (Boston, Mass./Boston Collegiate Charter School)
    • 14-over 86
    • Tied for 49th

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MEET

  • Day two begins on Monday at 9 a.m.