PREVIEW: Northeast-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship

MANCHESTER, N.H.– The Saint Anselm College men's golf team will compete at the 38th annual Northeast-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship on Sunday, Sept. 30 and Monday, Oct. 1.

LINK: NE10 Championship Central 

The two-day championship will be hosted by Le Moyne College at the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y. The Hawks' first tee time is slated for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Seniors Stephen Hunt (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Billy Argus (Canton, Mass.) join sophomore Alec Brunelle (Salem, N.H.) as having competed at the league championship in the past. First-years Eddie Morin (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and James Henry (Reading, Mass.) round out the Saint Anselm representation.

Last season, Saint Anselm posted a third-place finish as a team as Hunt, then a junior, was edged by Matt Paradis from Southern New Hampshire in a one-hole playoff for medalist honors. He was joined by then-freshman Brunelle on the All-Championship team for their outstanding efforts.

Shooting a two-over 72 across the first 18 holes played on the first day of action, Hunt was even at the turn on day two. Needing to make shots down the stretch, Hunt birdied the 17th hole to ultimately force the playoff with Paradis, who bogeyed the 18th hole.

CHAMPIONSHIP NOTABLES

  • Hunt was the tournament's overall stroke leader on par-five holes in 2017, shooting a five-under across the two-day tournament.
  • Brunelle, Argus, Hunt and Henry have each competed in two out of their team's three tournaments this season – Morin most recently placed second on the Hawks at the American Int'l Invitational in his collegiate debut.
  • Last season's third place team finish was the Hawks highest since the 2008-09 season where they also placed third (in a 12-team field).
  • Saint Anselm has won the NE10 Championship on two occasions, the first in the spring of 1983 and, most recently, in the fall of 1997.
  • The Hawks have never had an individual champion at the league tournament.
  • Head Coach Frank Driscoll, in his 18th season at the helm of the Hawks golf program, was awarded the prestigious Gordon McCullough Award by the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) in 2014 in recognition for his dedication to the sport.