March 23, 2012
LAKE WORTH, Fla. - The University of Connecticut men's golf team got off to a rough start Friday during the opening round of the Florida Atlantic University Spring Break Championship. The Huskies' five-man team shot an aggregate 303, 19-over par, at The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., to rank 14th of the 15 teams in the event.
Florida State shot 280 on Friday to lead the event, which continues with Round 2 on Saturday. UConn finished just five strokes behind 13th-place Marshall and was only six strokes shy of a tie for 11th place with Murray State and Minnesota.
Senior Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.) was UConn's top finisher, firing a 2-over 73 to finish Round 1 in a tie for 33rd place overall. Junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) and senior Matthew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.) were part of a tie for 58th place after they each shot a first-round 76.
UConn's No. 1 player, senior Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.), was in a tie for 71st after a first-round 78, which included an eagle, while freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) shot an 80 and finished in a tie for 81st place.
Playing as an individual, UConn senior Adam Vaccari (Winsted, Conn.) fired a 74, a round that also included and eagle, and found himself in a tie for 38th overall.
After the first round, there was a three-way tie for the FAU Spring Break Championship individual lead between Florida State's Brooks Koepka, Tom Robson of Jacksonville State, and Xavier's Chris Burger. Each shot a 4-under par 67.