ELLINGTON, Conn. --- The UConn men's golf team put together an outstanding overall team performance on its way to a 6-stroke victory in the 2017 Connecticut Cup, which concluded Tuesday at Ellington Ridge Country Club. It is UConn's third Connecticut Cup title in the nine-year history of the event that UConn hosts, but the Huskies' first Connecticut Cup title since 2014.
UConn's even-par 284-293-287=864 was its best total of any of its winning performances at the Connecticut Cup. It was the Huskies' first tournament championship of the 2017-18 season and its third Top Three finish in four events this year. UConn was six strokes better than runner-up Cornell (6-over, 870) in the 15-team field, which had to endure a postponement when heavy showers stopped play during Round 2 on Monday. The teams finished the second round and played the entire final round on Tuesday.
"Winning team events in college is difficult and I'm very proud of how our team played in some tough conditions," UConn Coach Dave Pezzino said. "But what makes me just as proud is that we had two guys call penalties on themselves for situations where only they knew they had accidentally violated the rules of golf. Drake Hull and Nick Harrington exemplify what it means to play our game the right way."
The Huskies placed eight golfers among the Top 20 on the final leaderboard, including four who played as individuals. Junior co-captain Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) led UConn with a 1-under 68-74-73=215 to tie for third place in the 90-player field. It marked the 10th Top 10 finish and the 13th top 20 finish of Hervol's college career, as well as his 13th sub-70 round.
Also on the UConn team, junior co-captain Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) finished in a tie for ninth with a 2-over 71-72-75=218, his fourth Top 10 and and fifth Top 20 finish and his 17th round of par or better. Hull, a redshirt sophomore (Rutland, Vt.), fired a 3-over 76-75-68=219 to tie for 12th place, his best finish since transferring to UConn from Kansas, and his first sub-70 round.
Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.),a junior, finished in a tie for 19th, the second Top 20 finish of his career, with a 4-over 72-77-71=220 and his 10th and 11th rounds of par or better. Freshman Rodrigo Sanchez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) rounded out the Husky team with a tie for 24th with a 5-over 73-72-76=221, which included his third round of par or better.
The five Huskies playing as individuals also produced impressive performances.
Sophomore Tim Umphrey (Northborough, Mass.) had the second-best finish of his college career as he tied for sixth place with an even-par 71-74-71=216, the ninth and 10 rounds of par or better in his career. Redshirt freshman Zach Iannone (Hamden, Conn.) had the best finish of his career, part of a tie for ninth, with a 2-over 73-73-72=218, his first Top 10 and first Top 20 finish.
Also for the Huskies, freshman Jack Boulger (Walpole, Mass.), playing in only his second tournament, had his first finish in the Top 20, finishing in a tie for 12th place with a 3-over 71-73-75=219. Senior Sasha Wortelboer (Geneva, Switzerland) also was part of the 12th place tie with a 3-over 73-73-73=219, his sixth Top 20 finish. Junior Blake Kelley (Manchester, Conn.) was in a tie for 30th place with a 7-over 75-78-70=223, which featured his sixth round of par or better.
Cornell's Mike Graboyes was the tournament's individual medalist with a 3-under 71-75-67=213, edging Rhode Island's Dawson Jones (2-under 73-72-69=214) by a single stroke.
The Huskies will close out the fall portion of their schedule with one of the longest trips in the history of the program, traveling to Maui, Hawaii, to compete in the Ka'anapali Classic on Nov. 3-5.
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