FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The UConn men's golf team picked up where it left off last season, thanks to three veterans and two newcomers.
The Huskies, who had eight Top Five finishes last season, began their 2017-18 season with another one, capturing third place out of 14 teams at the Doc Gimmler Invitational, hosted by St. John's University, at Bethpage State Park, Red Course, on Long Island.
UConn placed all six of its golfers - juniors Jimmy Hervol, Nick Harrington, and Nabeel Khan, redshirt sophomore Drake Hull and freshman Rodrigo Sanchez, as well as sophomore Tim Umphrey, who played as an individual - among the top 22 finishers in the 78-player field.
Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.), who was the individual medalist in this event last year, led the Huskies with a 1-under 66-74-69=209, good enough for a tie for eighth place. It was the ninth Top 10 finish of Hervol's career and the two rounds under par upped his par-or-better career total to 25. The UConn co-captain now has 10 sub-70 rounds in his UConn career.
Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.) and Sanchez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) were each part of a tie for 17th place. Harrington had a 4-over 73-69-72=214, the second sub-70 round of his career and his sixth round of par or better. Sanchez shot a 4-over 69-72-73=214 in his college golf debut.
Khan (Westerville, Ohio) and Hull (Rutland, Vt.) were part of a tie for 22nd place. Khan, a team co-captain, had a 5-over 74-71-70=215, which included the 13th round of par or better of his career. Hull, in his first competition for UConn after transferring from Kansas, shot a 5-over 72-71-72=215.
Umphrey (Northborough, Mass.) also was part of the tie for 22nd with his 5-over 68-74-73=215, which included his seventh round of par or better and tied the low round (68) of his college career.
As a team, the Huskies finished with a 6-over 280-283-283=846, finishing behind only team champion Florida State (827) and second-place Loyola-Maryland (837).
UConn will continue its season on Sept. 18-19, when it heads to the Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn., to compete in the Hartford Hawks Invitational.
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