PALM HARBOR, Fla. - The UConn men's golf team shot the third-best round of the day Monday to move up one place to fifth after the second round of the American Athletic Conference Championship at the Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course.
The Huskies (587) remained in contention for an upper-level finish, trailing fourth-place Houston by just two strokes, third-place UCF by four strokes, and second-place Cincinnati by eight. Defending conference champion USF leads the nine-team tourney with a 570 aggregate score. The third and final round will take place Tuesday morning.
UConn sophomore Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) shot a solid 1-under 70 to go with his first-round 71 for a 1-under 71-70=141, good enough to maintain his tie for third place overall in the 45-player field. He is just two strokes behind overall leader Jimmy Jones of USF (139), with Cincinnati's Austin Squires in second place (140). Hervol is second in the tournament with nine birdies.
UConn senior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) was in a tie for 13th place after the second round with a 5-over 72-75=147, while sophomore Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) improved five strokes for a 7-over 77-72=149, good enough to tie for 21st place.
Senior Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) and freshman Tim Umphrey (Northborough, Mass.) were part of a tie for 37th. Cooke, who is second in the tournament in Par 3 scoring at 1-under, shot a 12-over 79-75=154, while Umphrey had a 12-over 75-79=154.
UConn's aggregate 8-over 292 on Monday was third for the day behind USF's 283 and Cincinnati's 288.