Sept. 23, 2013
SOUTH KENT, Conn. - UConn, led by sophomores Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), placed seven golfers among the top 36 after two rounds of the Hartford Hawks Invitational Monday at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club.
The Huskies, fifth in the 17-team field after two rounds, finish the tournament with the third round on Tuesday.
Birch, playing as an individual, fired a 4-under 68 in the second round Monday, to combine with his even-par 72 in Round 1for a two-round total of 4-under 140, good enough to tie for second place, just three strokes behind tourney leader Evan Russell of Hartford (74-63-137).
Zaback, meanwhile, was in a tie for 21st place after his 6-over 75-75-150, tops among the five-man UConn team. He was joined on the Huskies by junior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), who was tied for 24th with a 74-77-151, sophomore John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), who was tied for 31st place with a 78-74-152, and sophomore Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) and junior Dan Myers (Ridgefield, Conn.), who were each part of a tie for 36th place with a 76-77-153 and a 79-74-153, respectively.
UConn freshman Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.), also playing as an individual, shot a 77-74-151, to tie for 24th place in the 96-player field.
UConn’s aggregate 303-300-603 put the Huskies fifth, nine strokes behind fourth-place Temple. Rutgers shot 296-288-584 to lead the tournament by just one stroke over Hartford.