March 25, 2012
LAKE WORTH, Fla. - The University of Connecticut men’s golf team finished in a tie for 11th place after Sunday’s final round of the Florida Atlantic University Spring Break Championship.
UConn posted an aggregate 297 on Sunday, giving the Huskies a three-day score of 880, tying the University of Minnesota for 11th place in the 15-team field. UConn was just four strokes shy of reaching the top 10. Florida State, which boasted the top three individual finishers in the event, easily won the Spring Break Championship with a 23-under score of 829. The Seminoles topped second place Ohio State by 19 strokes.
UConn was led on the final day of the tourney by senior Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.), who posted a 1-over par 72 at The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla.
Close behind Carroll on Sunday was senior teammate Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) with a 73, as well as senior Matthew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.) with a 74. Rounding out the UConn contingent was junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) with a 78, and freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) with an 83.
For the tournament, Dziubina was UConn’s top finisher with a 217, which included a middle-round 67, good enough for a tie for 24th place. Carroll had a 221, which tied for 45th place, while Buchanan, who had two eagles during the competition, tied for 47th with a 222. Buchanan was one of the tourney leaders on the Par 5s, playing them in 6-under. Hughes was one stroke behind Buchanan at 223 for the three rounds, to finish in a tie for 53rd place, while Wiatr finished at 235 to end up in 83rd place.
Florida State’s Brooks Koepka was the individual medalist, finishing at 14-under, while teammates Wesley Graham (5-under) and Doug Letson (4-under) finished second and third, respectively.
UConn will continue its spring schedule on April 7-8, competing at The Rutherford Invitational at the Blue Course at Penn State University.