UConn golf finished 9th at Adams Cup
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
After a fast start brought them within range of a top-five finish, the UConn men’s golf team struggled in the final round of the Adams Cup in Newport and finished ninth overall in the 16 team field. The Huskies found themselves in sixth place, and just four strokes behind the fifth place team heading into Tuesday’s final round, but difficult conditions during the final round ended in a ninth place finish.
“The conditions were more difficult during Tuesday’s round,” junior team captain Chris Wiatr said. “We made mental mistakes collectively, and did not do well enduring difficult conditions when it got hard. Aside from [sophomore] John [Flaherty], who had a great third round given the difficulty of the course and winds, the rest of us were conquered by our own heads. Golf is a very mental game and as a team, that side of the sport was executed very poorly today.”
Despite the tough conditions in the third round of play, Flaherty actually produced his best score of the tournament on Tuesday. After consecutive rounds of 76 on Monday, Flaherty shot a 73 on Tuesday and tied for 14th in the individual scores. Just one shot behind him, Wiatr finished tied for 20th.
According to Head Coach David Pezzino, wind gusts of 20-25 miles per hour affected the play of the team. However, Pezzino also said that the conditions were no excuse for the poor play and the team will learn from the experience.
During the first round of play the Huskies shot a cumulative score of 307, the eighth best first round score in the Cup. The Huskies greatly improved in the second round, shooting an impressive 295 and positioned themselves for a good finish. The Huskies best round of the tournament came from Wiatr who shot a 3-under-par 69 in the second round, including an eagle on the Par 4, 7th hole.
“I was happy to continue my strong play during the first two rounds,” Wiatr said. “[Tuesday] I did a very poor job executing my game plan along with just being a little off. It was very frustrating and something I will learn from and make sure I don’t make the same mistakes again.”
The University of Central Florida placed first in the Adams Cup for the fourth consecutive year. Their total team score of 856 was 16 strokes ahead of second place Bethune-Cookman College.
The Huskies will compete next on Monday, Sept. 23 in the Hartford Hawks Invitational at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, CT.