April 29, 2014
INNISBROOK, Fla. - Freshman Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) was the top finisher for the UConn golf team as it competed in the first-ever American Men's Golf Championship.
The conference championship, which included all 10 teams of the American Athletic Conference, was held at the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort. SMU took the team title of the three-day event with an aggregate 287-286-285-858 to defeat second-place UCF by five strokes. SMU's Bryson Dechambeau was the individual medalist in the 50-player field with a 70-68-68-206, 7-uder par on the Par 71 course.
The Huskies shot an aggregate301-305-302-908, to finish in eighth place, led by Dietrich's 74-73-79-226, which placed him in a tie for 30th place.
The remainder of the UConn squad was bunched among the next 12 spots. Sophomore Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished in a tie for 33rd place with a 75-79-73-227, while junior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) shot 76-78-74-228 to tie for 35th place. Sophomores John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), shot 76-79-77-232 and 79-75-78-232, respectively, to each grab a share of 42nd place.
The competition was the last event on UConn's spring schedule.