Jan. 7, 2013
STORRS, Conn. --- After a solid overall performance last fall, during which the UConn men's golf team recorded two top five finishes and four finishes among the top eight in five tournaments, the Huskies are preparing to face a challenging spring schedule.
UConn will compete in six tournaments, in addition to participation in its own Nutmeg Alumni Match, before ending the season with the BIG EAST Conference Championship and perhaps postseason NCAA competition.
"After playing well last fall, especially with such a young group, we're really looking forward to the spring schedule," said six-year UConn Coach Dave Pezzino. "We will compete in some great tournaments on some terrific golf courses against national competition. It continues the tradition we've established at UConn of working as hard as we can to play at the highest level."
The Huskies will begin their spring schedule at the Wexford Plantation Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., on Feb. 18-19, taking part in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by Francis Marion University.
UConn will next play in the Charleston Shootout, hosted by the College of Charleston, on March 4-5 at The Links at Stono Ferry in Charleston, S.C.
"This tournament is a new and exciting addition to our spring rotation," Pezzino said. "It not only gives us another strong field to compete against, but the College of Charleston runs such a professional event."
The first of UConn's four trips to Florida this spring will take place on March 16-17, when the Huskies journey to the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., to compete in the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, hosted by George Mason University.
"I'm excited to have our team compete at Mission Inn because of the high level of competition and because the golf course will be a great test," Pezzino said. "It's a solid way to kick off our Spring Break training tour."
UConn's Nutmeg Alumni Match will take place on March 23 at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., before the Huskies get back into tournament play at the end of the month (March 29-31), when they will again play in Florida Atlantic University's Spring Break Championship, held at The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla.
UConn will move to the Northeast for their next tournament, the New England D-I Championships on April 12-13 at Newport National Country Club in Middletown, R.I., hosted by Providence College.
"Newport National provides a great challenge for college players," Pezzino said. "It combines cerebral play, an imaginative short game, and a disciplined course management plan."
UConn's final regular-season tournament follows on April 20-21, the Rutherford Intercollegiate Tournament on the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa. The Huskies took home a seventh-place finish from the same tourney last year.
The BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Championship returns to The Watson Course at Reunion Resort and Country Club in Reunion, Fla., on April 28-30. Any NCAA play would follow in May.
"I'm looking forward to our team peaking at the right time to be ready for postseason play," Pezzino said.
The Huskies' best finish of the fall was a third place at The Connecticut Cup that they hosted at Ellington Ridge Country Club. UConn freshman Zach Zaback, who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Month for October, was the individual medalist of the tournament.