Flaherty leads the way for UConn golf at invitational
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
The UConn men’s golf team had its best showing of the young season Tuesday, claiming third place out of 17 teams at the Hartford Hawks Invitational at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent. Rutgers University took first place with an aggregate score of 4-over par, 22 shots ahead of UConn.
Leading the way for the Huskies was sophomore John Flaherty, who shot an 8-under par 64 in the final round of play. Flaherty’s 64 was the best final round score in the 96-player field and was just one shot off the course record.
“On Tuesday during my round I didn’t get off to that special of a start, just kept hitting fairways, hitting greens and making a lot of pars,” Flaherty said. “About halfway in I got myself to 3-under par and knew I had a good stretch of holes upcoming to make a few more birdies.”
After an eagle on the 13th hole, Flaherty followed that up with three birdies in a row to get to 8-under par with two holes left.
“All I was thinking was I could make one more [birdie] to tie the course record,” Flaherty said. “Instead I made two pars and had a bogey-fee 64 to miss the course record by one. All in all, it was a great day with solid ball striking and making a lot of putts.”
Flaherty’s strong final round propelled him to a fourth place finish individually, with a total aggregate score of 216.
Sophomores Zach Zaback and Corey Birch also played well for the Huskies. Zaback shot an impressive 2-under par in the final round and finished in a tie for eighth place. Birch, playing as an individual for the tournament, finished in a tie for 11th place, recording 14 birdies over the three rounds, one shy of the tournament leader.
The golf team is back in action next Saturday, Oct. 5, at The MacDonald Cup in New Haven, Conn.