April 7, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) and freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) each shot a stellar 2-over par 73 Saturday to lift the University of Connecticut men’s golf team into a tie for fourth place after the first round of the Rutherford Intercollegiate golf tournament.
Hughes and Wiatr were part of a four-man deadlock for second place on the individual overall leaderboard after the first round on the par-71 Blue Course of the Penn State Golf Courses.
The second round of the tournament was suspended because of darkness Saturday and will be finished Sunday, followed immediately by the concluding third round.
UConn’s aggregate 20-over 304 in the first round placed the Huskies in a tie for fourth with William & Mary and host school Penn State, just three strokes behind George Mason, which leads the 14-team event at 301. Indiana University of Pennsylvania stands second at 302, with Bowling Green in third place at 303.
In addition to Hughes and Wiatr, UConn had senior Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) shoot a 6-over par 77 to tie for 22nd place, while seniors Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.) and Matthew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.) each shot a 10-over 81 to join a tie for 58th place.
The individual leader is George Mason’s Kevin Yerks, who completed the first round at even-par 71. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Brad Boyle and D.J. Honan of Towson each shot a 73 to join Hughes and Wiatr in the tie for second.