Sept. 18, 2012
NEWPORT, R. I. --- Led by senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) and freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), the University of Connecticut men’s golf team ranked fifth of 12 teams Monday after the first two rounds of the Adams Cup of Newport.
Hughes (70-78) and Zaback (75-73) shot matching scores of 148 to tie for 17th place among the 70 golfers competing in the event at Newport Country Club. The tournament concludes Tuesday with its final round at Carnegie Abbey Golf Club in Portsmouth, R.I.
UConn junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) shot a 151 (73-78) to tie for 25th place on the par-70 Newport Country Club course, while sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) tied for 32nd with a 153 (75-78) and freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) had a 156 (76-80) to tie for 43rd place. Competing as an individual, UConn freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.) was tied for fifth place with a solid four-over 144 (71-73).
Individually, UCF’s Ricardo Gouveia and Yale’s Sam Bernstein lead the tournament at even-par 140, while Yale’s Joe Willis stands third at 141 and Villanova’s Michael Kania is fourth at 142.
In the aggregate team competition, the Huskies’ two-round total of 600 was five strokes behind fourth-place Johnson & Wales University. Defending Adams Cup champion Central Florida leads the tournament with a 575, just one stroke in front of Yale (576). Villanova ranks third (593) heading into the final round.
Just behind UConn in sixth place is the University of Pennsylvania (601), followed by Sacred Heart (603), the University of Hartford (605), and the host school, the University of Rhode Island (606).
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