Oct. 9, 2012
ELLNGTON, Conn. --- It certainly didn't take Zach Zaback long to make a name for himself in collegiate golf.
Playing in just his third college tournament, the University of Connecticut freshman fired his second consecutive 3-under par 69 Tuesday to win medalist honors at the fourth annual Connecticut Cup, held at Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), playing as an individual, shot 73-69-69-211, for a narrow one-stroke victory over UConn teammate, sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), and Iona's Dylan Newman (69-72-71-212), who tied for second. It was Wiatr's (70-72-70-212), second straight top 10 finish, following his eighth place in the Hartford Hawk Invitational, while Zaback has earned two top 15 finishes in the three tournaments he has played.
Zaback's victory is the first for a UConn player since then-senior Jeb Buchanan won medalist honors at the 2011 Hartford Hawk Invitational 13 months ago. Zaback topped an 84-player field in The Connecticut Cup.
Wiatr's performance paced the UConn team to an 887 aggregate score (298-297-292-887), good enough for a third-place tie with Bryant University (293-303-291-887) and Fairfield (299-298-290-887), just five strokes behind The Connecticut Cup champion, the University of Hartford (300-291-291-882). Rhode Island (298-298-290-886), finished second, only one shot in front of UConn, Bryant, and Fairfield. Sacred Heart (301-294-292-889), the tourney's defending champ, finished sixth in the 15-team field.
UConn, the host school, also received a solid performance from freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.), who tied for 16th place with a 74-73-74-221. Senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) and junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) tied for 42nd place as they shot 75-75-77-227 and 79-77-71-227, respectively. Freshman Cameron MacKay had 79-78-77-234, to tie for 69th place.
Besides Zaback, UConn's other players competing as individuals included freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), who tied for 11th with 70-75-74-219, freshman Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.), who tied for 31st with 74-71-80-225, and sophomore Dan Myers (Ridgefield, Conn.), who shot 74-78-84-236, to finish in a tie for 74th place.
Zaback's 69 and Wiatr's 70 were two of 13 rounds under-par during Tuesday's final round, led by a 4-under 68 by Adelphi's Frank Amizicia, the low round of the tournament.
The Huskies continue the fall portion of their schedule this weekend (October 13-14) when they compete in the Big 5 Invitational at the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.