Sep 2, 2013
VERONA, N.Y. - Junior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) fired a 3-under par 69 Monday to lead the UConn men's golf team to a solid fifth-place finish in its first competition of the 2013-14 season, the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by the University of Missouri.
Wiatr's 69, the first sub-70 round of the new season for UConn, gave him a 70-72-69-211 (5-under) for the tournament, good enough for a tie for fifth place individually in the 75-player field. Wiatr finished just four strokes behind individual medalist Andrew Bailey of Cleveland State.
As a team, UConn was fifth in the 14-team field with an aggregate 293-298-291-882 (+18) on the par-72 Kaluhyat Course at the Turning Stone Resort. Missouri, the host school, won the event with a 281-282-279-842, 22-under par. Cleveland State and McNeese State deadlocked for second place at 5-over 869, while Binghamton finished fourth with a 16-over 880.
Individually for UConn, behind Wiatr, sophomore Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) shot 70-75-76-221 to tie for 23rd place at five-over and sophomore John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) was just one stroke behind at 75-73-74-222, to tie for 27th place. Sophomore Corey Birch ( Ridgefield, Conn.) tied for 48th place with a 78-78-72-228, while freshman Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.), in his first collegiate competition, tied for 67th place with a 78-82-83-243.
Wiatr had 14 birdies during the three-round event, tied for the most during the competition, while Zaback had 13. Wiatr was also one of the leaders on the par 5 holes, playing them in 4-under. Flaherty had 38 pars, tied for second most in the field.
The Huskies continue the fall portion of their 2013-14 schedule on Sept. 16-17, competing in the Adams Cup of Newport at Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, R.I.