Matt Johnson Wins NE10 Championship, Brendan Locke Places Second

Matt Johnson Wins NE10 Championship, Brendan Locke Places Second

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) became the first member of the Saint Michael's College men's golf team to win a Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Monday, as the second day of the two-day event at the En-Joie Golf Course was canceled due to inclement weather. First-year Brendan Locke (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) finished second, making the Purple Knights the first team to take the top two spots in seven years. The Purple and Gold tied for fourth as a team.

TEAM RESULTS

  • As a team, the Purple Knights tied for fourth among 10 programs with a 10-over 298, the lowest 18-hole round at an NE10 Championship in program history. Saint Michael's, which had been chosen seventh in the pre-championship coaches' poll, registered its best finish since taking third - out of six schools - in 1999-2000. This was the 23rd time the Purple Knights competed in an NE10 Championship field that included at least 10 schools, with only their back-to-back fourth-place finishes in 1988-89 and 1989-90 besting this year's performance.
  • The 298 strokes accounted for the fifth-best round in program annals, with four coming since 2017.
  • Under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Jason Bedard, Saint Michael's tied 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 were within six strokes of first place, as Assumption College (292), Southern New Hampshire University (293) and Le Moyne College (294) led 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 become the first player in program history to win the NE10 Championship. He came within one shot of Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Famer Steve Gretkowski's '90 30-year-old school record and was two strokes shy of the league mark for an NE10 Championship.
  • First-year Brendan Locke (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) was second at 2-under 70, as he and Johnson were 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. Locke was the initial first-year to place among the top two at an NE10 Championship since Adelphi University's Ryan Snouffer won in 2012-13.
  • Johnson and Locke are the first teammates to go 1-2 at an NE10 meet since 2012-13, when Adelphi did it.
  • Not only did Johnson become the first Purple Knight to win NE10s, but Locke also surpassed the prior best finish by a Saint Michael's golfer at the league championship. Gretkowski tied for second in 1989-90, Christian Parke '00 (1999-2000) and Zach White '10 (2006-07) both tied for fourth once, and Will Crall '09 tied for fifth in 2008-09.
  • This was the first time the NE10 Championship was abbreviated due to weather since 2006-07, and the first time only one round was played since 1992-93, the last year of the one-round championship format.

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional)
    • 4-under 68
    • Finished first among 50 golfers, becoming first Purple Knight to win NE10 Championship
    • Earned Gordon McCullough Memorial Award as the tournament medalist
    • Landed on NE10 Championship All-Championship Team by placing among the top five
    • 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
    • Landed on NE10 Championship All-Championship Team by placing among the top five
    • First NE10 first-year to place among top two at league meet since 2012-13
    • 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

  • Friday at the first day of the two-day Saint Rose Fall Shootout.