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UConn 13th After 1st Round at Wexford

Sophomore Chris Wiatr was one of three Huskies to shoot 77 Monday.

Feb. 19, 2013

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Feb. 19, 2013) --- University of Connecticut golfers freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), and freshman Stephen Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.) produced identical 5-over par 77s Monday as the Huskies tied for 13th place after the first round of the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Golf Tournament.

The start of the tournament, hosted by Francis Marion University at the Wexford Plantation Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., was delayed by frost, resulting in an unfinished second round Monday. The second round of the 18-team event was to finish on Tuesday morning, with the third and final round to take place Tuesday afternoon.

The UConn trio was included in a tie for 39th place among the 90 players in the field. Also for the Huskies, freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) was in a tie for 61st place after carding a first-round 79, and junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) was in a tie for 68th place with a first-round 80.

UConn’s aggregate 22-over 310 deadlocked South Carolina-Aiken for the 13th spot, just six strokes out of the top 10. Tournament host Francis Marion led the tournament after the first round with a 3-over aggregate 291, while Richmond was in second place with a 4-over 292.

Individually, Trey Valentine of South Florida was in the lead, carding a 3-under 69 on the 6,828-yard Wexford Plantation course. One stroke behind were Kenneth Svanum of Francis Marion J.T. Poston of Western Carolina, and David Walker of Richmond.