April 29, 2012
REUNION, Fla. - Freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) fired a 1-under par 71 Sunday to lead the University of Connecticut men's golf team to a tie for sixth place after the first round of the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship.
Wiatr recorded 13 pars and three birdies on the Watson Course at the Reunion Resort, just outside Orlando, to put him in a tie for seventh place overall in the 60-player event. Louisville's Justin Dorward shot a 5-under 67 to take the individual lead of the three-day competition, while Notre Dame teammates Paul McNamara and Max Scodro shot 68 and 69, respectively, to stand second and third.
Wiatr's performance led UConn to an aggregate 7-over par 295 in the first round, placing the Huskies in a deadlock with Seton Hall for sixth among the 12 competing teams. Defending league champion Notre Dame leads the competition after a 4-under par 284, with Louisville just one stroke behind.
In individual competition, UConn seniors Mathew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.) and Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.) each shot a 2-over par 74 to be part of a seven-player tie for 21st place, while junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) had a 4-over 76 to tie for 34th place, and senior Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) was tied for 45th place following a first-round 6-over 78.
Among the teams, Villanova was third with a 5-over 293, while St. John's and Georgetown tied for fourth place, each with an aggregate 294, 6-over par. UConn and Seton Hall were sixth, with South Florida in eighth place at 9-over par, and Marquette in ninth place at 11-over.
DePaul (303, 15-over), Rutgers (312, 24-over), and Cincinnati (313, 25-over) round out the 12-team competition, which continues Monday and Tuesday.