CONCORD, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's golf team logged an 11th place finish through the first day of action at the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen Invitational held on Friday at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.
The Hawks carded a team score of a plus-31 319, finishing 11th out of as many programs. Franklin Pierce is atop the leaderboard with a one-over 289, followed by the host Penmen and Saint Thomas Aquinas who head into Saturday's final day of action tied at 290.
Senior Stephen Hunt (Wilbraham, Mass.) carded a four-over 76, leading the Hawks with 12 pars and tying for 27th place. Classmate Billy Argus (Canton, Mass.) finished the day with a six-over 78, earning three birdies, and was followed by freshman Cole English (Merrimac, Mass.) with a seven-over 79, his best single round score of the season.
Sophomore Alec Brunelle (Salem, N.H.) and junior Patrick McLoughlin (Norfolk, Mass.) rounded out the field of golfers from Saint Anselm, turning in scores of 86 and 87, respectively. McLoughlin was making his season debut for the Hawks on Friday.
The first round concluded with a five-way tie for first place atop the leaderboard with a two-under 70. Ryan Rucinski and Enrique Valverde, on the same team from Wilmington (Del.), are among the leaders.
The Hawks will conclude the 2018-19 season on Saturday in Concord, pending any inclement weather delays or postponements.