April 30, 2012
REUNION, Fla. - Senior Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.) shot a 1-under par 71 Monday to put himself into the top 10 individually and lead the University of Connecticut men’s golf team into a fifth-place tie after the second round of the BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship.
Carroll’s 71 on Monday combined with his 74 in Round 1 to give him a two-day total of 1-over par 145, good enough to lift him from a tie for 21st place on Sunday to sole possession of 10th place. Carroll and Villanova’s Michael Kania have each recorded nine birdies, tops among the 60 players taking part in the three-day event at the Watson Course at Reunion Resort, just outside Orlando.
Notre Dame’s Max Scodro is the overall leader after two rounds, with a 7-under par 137, closely followed by Louisville’s Justin Dorward at 5-under 139. Kania and Notre Dame’s Paul McNamara are tied for third at 4-under 140.
UConn, tied for sixth after Sunday’s first round, moved up into a tie for fifth following an aggregate 296 on Monday, putting the Huskies at 15-over 591. Georgetown matched UConn’s 15-over total.
UConn senior Matthew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.) shot his second consecutive 74 to post a 4-over 148, good enough to sit in a tie for 19th place. Junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) bettered his first-round 76 with a 75 for a 7-over 151 and a tie for 32nd place. Freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) was also in the tie for 32nd place with a 151 after a second-round 80, slipping from his first-round 71. Senior Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) was in a tie for 44th place after his 76 Monday gave him a two-day total of 10-over par 154.
Defending BIG EAST champion Notre Dame widened its team lead to seven strokes with an aggregate 286 Monday, giving the Irish a total of 6-under 570. Louisville stands second at 1-over 577, while St. John’s is third at 8-over par, and Villanova is fourth at 9-over.
After UConn and Georgetown, Seton Hall is seventh at 19-over, Marquette stands eighth at 24-over, and DePaul and South Florida are tied for ninth at 29-over. Cincinnati and Rutgers round out the 12-team competition with a tie for 11th place at 42-over par.
The BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship concludes with Round 3 on Tuesday.