Sept. 24, 2012
SOUTH KENT, Conn. --- Freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.) fired an even-par 72 and followed it up with a 1-over 73 to lead the University of Connecticut men's golf team to fourth place Monday after the first two rounds of the Hartford Hawks Invitational.
Pastore's 1-over 145 at the Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent put him in a three-way tie for third place overall on the individual leaderboard, three strokes behind leaders Patrick Ross of the University of Hartford and Brandon Matthews of Temple. Hartford's Evan Russell and John Jackopsic of Boston College deadlocked with Pastore.
UConn, the defending champion of the Hawks Invitational, was paced by Pastore and sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), to total an aggregate 308-292-600 to rank fourth behind Hartford (286-298-584), Rhode Island (297-296-593) and Boston College (298-300-598). Temple (305-297-602) was behind UConn in fifth place, while Rutgers (300-303-603) stands sixth.
Wiatr also had an outstanding opening two rounds, shooting 75-73-148, to put himself in a tie for 12th place individually, while senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) shot 82-71-153 to tie for 28th place. Junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) and freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), each totaled 156 to be part of a five-way tie for 46th place. Playing as an individual, UConn sophomore Dane Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.) totaled 82-78-160 to tie for 63rd place.
The event, which includes 16 teams and 88 players, concludes with its third round on Tuesday.