May 1, 2012
REUNION, Fla. - Senior Matt Carroll (Heathrow, Fla.) fired a second consecutive sub-par round Tuesday to lead the University of Connecticut men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish at the BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship, the Huskies’ best showing at the league competition in five years.
Carroll’s second straight 1-under par 71 gave him a three-round even-par 216, good enough for a ninth-place individual finish on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort, just outside Orlando. His 13 birdies were the most by anybody in the 60-player field.
Carroll’s score was only six strokes behind medalist Max Scodro of Notre Dame (210), who won the individual crown for the second straight year. Louisville’s Justin Dorward finished just one stroke behind Scodro, while Villanova’s Michael Kania and Notre Dame’s Chris Walker tied for third, each with a 4-under par 212.
Scodro and Walker led Notre Dame to its second straight BIG EAST championship, as the Irish shot an aggregate 6-under par Tuesday for a three-day total of 12-under 852, easily outdistancing second-place Louisville, which finished with a 4-over 868.
UConn’s three-round total was a remarkably-consistent 295-296-294-885, just two strokes behind fifth-place Georgetown (883). The Huskies rose as high as fourth during Tuesday’s play before slipping to sixth on the final leaderboard. It was UConn’s best finish in the BIG EAST Championship since the Huskies tied for sixth place in 2007. UConn won the league title once (1994), and has been runner-up five times (1980, 1981, 1984, 1992, 1995).
Besides Carroll, UConn received outstanding third-round performances from junior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) and senior Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.), who each recorded an even-par 72. Hughes finished at 7-over par 223, good enough for a tie for 24th, while Buchanan was at 10-over 226 and tied for 35th place.
Rounding out results from the UConn players were freshman Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) at 14-over 230 in a tie for 42nd place and senior Matthew Dziubina (Shelton, Conn.) at 17-over 233 to finish in 49th place.
In the 12-team competition, Villanova, with a 6-over 870, finished third behind Notre Dame and Louisville, while St. John’s was fourth at 12-over 876. Following Georgetown and Connecticut, Seton Hall was seventh at 23-over 887, Marquette was eighth at 34-over 898, South Florida ninth at 38-over 902, and DePaul 10th at 42-over 906. The final two finishers were Rutgers at 58-over 922, and Cincinnati at 63-over 927.
The BIG EAST Championship is UConn’s final event of the 2011-12 season.