TAMPA, Fla. (March 6, 2009) - Freshman Brian Hwang (Hauppauge, N.Y.) led the University of Connecticut golf team with an even-par round on the first day of the Ron Smith/USF Invitational on Friday. Hwang shot 72 to finish tied for 32nd individually at Jake Jovita Golf Club in Dade City, Fla.
Classmate Jeb Buchanan (Loundonville, N.Y.) also had a good first round, shooting just three-over-par after the first 18 holes. Buchanan is tied for 74th with his round of 75.
UConn finished 20th among the 23 teams competing ahead of a pair of BIG EAST competitors. The Huskies finished with a 301 round ahead of Seton Hall (22nd) and Cincinnati (23rd). The hosts, University of South Florida, find themselves in 19th (+12) after the first round while Missouri State leads the field with a combined seven-under par (281).
Tee-off for the second round of the Ron Smith/USF Invitational is at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.