Sept. 25, 2012
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SOUTH KENT, Conn. --- A final round, 1-over par 73 by sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) led the University of Connecticut men's golf team to a fifth-place finish Tuesday in the Hartford Hawk Invitational at Bull's Bridge Golf Club.
Wiatr's 73 gave him a three-round total of 221 (75-73-73), matching the tourney score of freshman teammate Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.), who shot 72-73-76-221. The score was good enough for the UConn duo to crack the top 10, as they were part of a three-way tie for eighth place on the individual leaderboard.
The Huskies' aggregate score of 308-292-299-899 was only four strokes shy of the second-place tie between Boston College and Sacred Heart. The University of Hartford, the host school of the tourney, won the title with 286-298-291-875. Rhode Island (297-296-304-897) finished fourth, two strokes ahead of UConn, while Temple (305-297-301-903) finished sixth. The tournament field included 16 teams.
UConn senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) finished in tie for 24th place with 82-71-74-227, junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) was in a tie for 39th with 81-75-76-232, and freshman Zack Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) tied for 52nd with 80-76-79-235. UConn sophomore Dane Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.) competed as an individual and finished with 82-78-81-241, and in a tie for 69th place.
The individual medalist of the Hawk Invitational was Brandon Matthews of Temple, who shot a 2-under 74-68-72-214. The field included 88 golfers.
UConn will continue the fall portion of its 2012-13 schedule on Oct. 8-9, when it will be the host school for the fourth annual Connecticut Cup at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, Conn.