BREWSTER, Mass. – For the third time since 2010, the Saint Anselm College men's golf team claimed the NCAA Division II title at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship on Monday at The Captain's Golf Course.
Entering the day only five strokes behind Assumption, the day one leader, the Hawks shot a combined 303 to rally for the team championship among the six NCAA Division II programs competing. Saint Anselm finished with 625 strokes, placing six ahead of Assumption and 15 ahead of third place American International.
Under the direction of Head Coach Frank Driscoll, the Hawks have won the Division II title three times since the 2010-11 season. Prior to that successful campaign, the best finish for Saint Anselm at the NEIGA Championship came in 1979 with a third-place finish.
Senior Stephen Hunt (Wilbraham, Mass.) and sophomore Alec Brunelle (Salem, N.H.) earned All-New England honors with the former tying for third place and the latter earning a sixth-place finish in the crowded field. Hunt shot a two-day total of 153, finishing nine strokes over par, with Brunelle carding back-to-back 78's for a final score of 155.
Senior Billy Argus (Canton, Mass.) rebounded from a first-day total of 81 to shoot a 76 on Monday, placing seventh out of 30 golfers. Freshman James Henry (Reading, Mass.) posted a strong score of 74 on Monday, finishing with a two-day total of 163, and senior Jack Dowding (Wilbraham, Mass.) rounding out the Saint Anselm roster with an 88 on Monday, finishing with a 173.
As a team, Saint Anselm led the field with 19 birdies. Hunt contributed a field-leading eight birdies by himself, posting six on Monday alone.