PALM HARBOR, Fla. - The UConn men's golf team was in sixth place after the first round of the American Athletic Conference Championship, just six strokes away from a place among the top three.
The Huskies shot an aggregate 11-over 295 on the par 71 course on Sunday, just one shot behind fifth-place Memphis (294), four strokes in back of fourth-place Cincinnati (291), and six behind third-place UCF (289). USF (287) was the team leader after the first round, with Houston (288), just one stroke back in second. Temple (298), East Carolina (299), and SMU (300) were in back of UConn.
The second round of the AAC Championship is set for Monday at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort with the final round to take place Tuesday.
Sophomore Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) led the UConn effort with an even-par 71, and sits in a tie for third place individually in the 45-player field. Senior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) shot a 1-over 72 and is in a tie for seventh.
Freshman Tim Umphrey (Northborough, Mass.) was 29th after a 4-over 75, Sophomore Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) was in a tie for 35th with a 6-over 77, and senior Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) was tied for 43rd after an 8-over 78.
UConn has won three events this season and came into the AAC Championship riding a streak of six consecutive tops three finishes.