ENDICOTT, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men's golf team finished in eighth place after round one of the 10-team Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon at En-Joie Golf Club.
The Hawks carded a season-low 305 which is the finest team score since last year's final round of the NE10 Championship. All Hawks student-athletes started their rounds on the par-four 10th hole.
Sophomore James Henry (Reading, Mass.) began his second career appearance at the conference tournament with a season-low one-over 73, tying for ninth. Henry wrapped up his opening nine with a three-under 32. He began with two pars before recording four straight birdies. He would then par the next two holes but suffering a bogey on his ninth hole. Henry kept momentum on the back nine with a birdie on the par-four first before bogeying five of the next eight holes.
In a tie for 23rd, junior Alec Brunelle (Salem, N.H.) followed his teammate with a first round score of four-over 76, a season-low figure. Brunelle was two-under through his first six holes before earning a birdie on the par-four 16th. That pushed Brunelle to three-under on his round. He then recorded two bogeys to wrap up the front nine with a one-over 34. Brunelle struggled on the back nine to shoot a five-over 42.
Freshman Drew Semons (Danvers, Mass.) captured a tie for 31st in his first appearance at the conference tournament, earning a five-over 77. Semons carded two bogeys in the first two holes, dropping two strokes, but then responded by claiming four pars and an eagle on the par-four 16th. Semons concluded his first nine with a bogey and a par to card a one-over 36. He was one-over until the par-four fifth as he dropped four strokes in the next two holes.
Earning his first start of the year, sophomore Peter Hudner (Canton, Mass.) posted a seven-over 79 to finish in a tie for 40th. Hudner finished his round with five straight pars. Sophomore Will Strauss (Duxbury, Mass.) rounded out the team with a 14-over 86 and placing in a tie for 49th.
Brunelle finished the day in a tie for second on par-four scoring with an average of 3.90. Semons averaged one-under on par-five's throughout his round. Matt Johnson of Saint Michael's College holds the individual lead with a four-under 68 while Assumption has the team advantage after a day one 292.
The Hawks will tee-off on Monday, Oct. 7 for the final round, starting at 9 a.m.