Oct. 28, 2012
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. --- University of Connecticut freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) shot an even-par 71 at the Turtle Point Golf Course Sunday to lead the Huskies to ninth place after the first round of the 2012 Wendy’s Kiawah Classic.
Zaback, who earlier this fall was the individual champion at The Connecticut Cup tournament, was one of only 17 players in the massive 135-player field to shoot even par or better on the 7,011-yard course. Zaback was in a 10-player deadlock for eighth place on the individual leaderboard, trailing co-leaders Mason Casper of Utah Valley and Caleb Sturgeon of South Carolina by three strokes.
In addition to Zaback’s 71, UConn sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) shot a 3-over 74 to tie for 40th place, senior Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) had a 76 to tie for 60th place, junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) had a 78 to tie for 83rd, and freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.) shot 89 to sit in 135th place. Playing as an individual, UConn freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) shot a 6-over 77 and is in a tie for 70th place.
UConn’s aggregate 299 tied Presbyterian College for ninth place in the 26-team field, just four strokes out of the top five. South Carolina’s 282 led the tournament after the first round, followed by Winthrop (289) and College of Charleston (290). Fifth-place Western Kentucky shot 295, just four strokes in front of UConn.
The second round of the Kiawah Classic is scheduled for Monday, with the third and final round slated for Tuesday.