Oct. 8, 2012
ELLINGTON, Conn. --- University of Connecticut teammates, sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) and freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), each shot a sizzling 2-under par 142 Monday and are tied for second place after two rounds of The Connecticut Cup at Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Wiatr and Zaback, who trail tournament leader Dylan Newman of Iona by just one stroke, led an impressive performance by the entire Husky team, four of them playing as individuals. UConn stands in third place after the first two rounds with an aggregate 595(298-297), just four strokes behind tournament-leading Hartford (300-291-591), and one shot behind second-place Iona (300-294-594).
The tight race continues behind the Huskies, with Rhode Island (298-298-596) and Bryant (293-303-596) tied for fourth just one stroke behind UConn, while Fairfield (299-298-597) and Sacred Heart (301-296-597), last year's Connecticut Cup champion, are another shot back in a sixth-place tie. LIU-Brooklyn (301-298-599) is also in the mix, sitting in eighth place, but just eight shots off the lead.
The tournament, hosted by UConn and including 15 teams and 84 players, concludes with its third round on Tuesday.
Wiatr (70-72-142) led the Huskies' five-man team which also included freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.), who shot 74-73-147 to tie for 13th place, senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.), who shot 75-75-150 to tie for 26th, junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.), who tied for 67th place with 79-77-156, and freshman Cameron MacKay, who tied for 73rd with 79-78-157.
Zaback (73-69-142), who matched Iona's Newman for the low round of the day with a 3-under 69, led the impressive contingent of Huskies who are playing as individuals. UConn freshman Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) and freshman teammate John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), are part of a sixth-place tie on the players' leaderboard, after scores of 74-71-145 and 70-75-145, respectively.
UConn sophomore Dan Myers (Ridgefield, Conn.) shot 74-78-152 to sit in a 41st place tie.
As the third round gets under way Tuesday, 25 players are within eight shots of the lead.