UConn men's golf wins first tournament of season
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 23:10
The UConn men’s golf team captured their first tournament win of the season, finishing first out of 16 teams at the Connecticut Cup. The Huskies hosted the two day long tournament at the Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington and finished eight strokes ahead of second place Hartford University.
For the second consecutive year, sophomore Zach Zaback was the tournament medalist, finishing with a 7-under par over three rounds to top the 94-player field. Consistency was the key for Zaback as he fired a 2-under par 70 during the first round on Monday and followed that up with rounds of 69 and 70 on Tuesday. The win was Zaback’s third of his collegiate career.
Also finishing in the top 10 for the Huskies were sophomore John Flaherty and senior Chris Wiatr. Flaherty struggled during Monday’s opening round, shooting a 4-over par 76. The second round was supposed to be held on Monday, but due to darkness it was pushed to Tuesday morning giving Flaherty an opportunity to compose himself and get back on track. It showed as he came out and shot a 2-under par 70 during the first round on Tuesday and followed that up with a 1-under par 71 to finish tied for fourth place. Wiatr also impressed, shooting a 6-over par 222 over the three rounds to finish tied for eighth.
Freshman Eric Dietrich and sophomore Corey Birch finished in 16th and 42nd respectively. The Huskies will look to continue the success from the fall into the spring season.