March 24, 2012
LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Led by a sizzling 4-under par 67 from senior Matthew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.), the University of Connecticut men’s golf team fired an aggregate 280 Saturday to jump into the top 10 after two rounds of the Florida Atlantic University Spring Break Championship.
Dziubina’s 67 equaled the low round of the tournament and his nine-shot improvement from his Round 1 score was the second-biggest improvement of any player at the event. Dziubinba’s two-round total of 143 leads the Huskies and was good enough for a tie for 26th place overall.
UConn’s 280 was equal to the second-best round by any of the 15 teams in the tourney, being held at The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla. The Huskies had the biggest improvement of any team on Saturday, 23 strokes better than its Round 1 total.
UConn, which jumped from 14th place to 10th, stands at 583, 15-over par, after two rounds, trailing ninth-place Michigan State by three strokes, eighth-place Marshall by four, and seventh-place University of South Florida by five. Florida State leads the tourney with a 14-under par 556.
Besides Dziubina, UConn received solid play Saturday from junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.), who shot a 69, for a two-day total of 145, good enough for a tie for 36th place.
Senior Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) fired an even-par 71 for a two-day 149, while senior Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.) had a 76 and a two-day 149. Both are part of a 52nd-place tie. UConn freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) had a 73 on Saturday and his two-day total of 153 placed him in a tie for 72nd place.
Florida State’s Brooks Koepka and Northern Illinois’ Thomas Dunne share the tourney lead with two-day scores of 136.
The FAU Spring Break Championship concludes with Round 3 on Sunday.