Sept. 24, 2013
SOUTH KENT, Conn. - Led by sophomore John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), whose sizzling 8-under par 64 was the best final round of any player in the 96-player field, the UConn men's golf team roared to a third-place finish Tuesday in the Hartford Hawks Invitational at Bull's Bridge Golf Club.
Flaherty's impressive round gave him a 78-74-64-216 for the event, good enough to finish in fourth place, just nine strokes behind individual medalist Evan Russell of Hartford (78-63-70-207). The fourth-place finish is the best of Flaherty's college career, his second Top 10 finish, and the 64 was his finest college round of scoring. He led the field in Par 3 scoring, playing those holes at 4-under par. He had one eagle and 13 birdies during the three rounds.
Also recording a Top 10 finish was UConn sophomore Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), who shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to complete a 75-75-70-220, and tie for eighth place. Zaback was tied for third in Par 4 scoring, playing those holes at even-par.
UConn junior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) finished in a tie for 30th place with a 74-77-77-228, while sophomore Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) was 33rd with a 76-77-76-229, and junior Dan Myers (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished tied for 66th with a 79-74-85-238.
Playing as individuals, UConn sophomore Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) narrowly missed a Top 10 finish, ending up tied for 11th with a 72-68-82-222, and freshman Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) was tied for 50th place with a 77-74-83-234. Birch recorded 14 birdies, one shy of the tournament leader.
UConn's aggregate 287 on Tuesday was the second-best final round of the 17-team field, just three strokes behind Tuesday leader Rutgers. For the tournament, the Huskies scored 303-300-287-890, finishing behind tourney champion Rutgers (868) and host school Hartford (877). It is UConn's best finish of the fall season.
The Huskies continue the fall portion of their schedule on Oct. 5-6, competing in The MacDonald Cup tourney on the Yale Golf Course in New Haven.