Sept. 18, 2012
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. --- The University of Connecticut men's golf team opened its 2012-13 tournament schedule with a sixth-place tie Tuesday after the final round of the Adams Cup of Newport.
Freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) fired a 3-over par 74 Tuesday to lead the Huskies to an aggregate score of 302 at the Carnegie Abbey Golf Club, good enough to tie the University of Hartford for sixth place overall with a three-round total of 902. The first two rounds of the tournament were played Monday at the Newport Country Club.
The University of Central Florida successfully defended its Adams Cup championship with an 866, just one stroke ahead of second-place Yale. Johnson & Wales finished third (891), while Villanova (897) was fourth, and Sacred Heart finished fifth (898), just four strokes ahead of UConn and UHart. The Huskies ranked third in total number of pars (153) in the tourney. The tournament included 12 teams.
Individually for UConn, Zaback (75-73-74-222) finished in a tie for 13th place, and he tied for third in scoring on the Par 5s, playing them in 4-under. He also recorded one of just five eagles made throughout the tourney.
UConn senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) tied for 21st with a 70-78-76-224. Junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) had a 73-78-77-228 tourney and sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) shot 75-78-75-228 to each grab a tie for 29th place, while freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished 76-80-78-234 to tie for 49th place.
UConn freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.), playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 11th with tournament totals of 71-73-77-221.
The individual medalist of the Adams Cup was Yale's Sam Bernstein, who turned in a 69-71-71-211, to edge Yale teammate Joe Willis (70-71-73-214). UCF teammates Greg Eason and Ricardo Gouveia each shot 215 to tie for third place among the 70 competitors.
UConn will continue its fall schedule on Sept. 24-25, defending its title in the Hartford Hawks Invitational at the Bulls Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn.