GOODYEAR, Ariz. --- Far from the piles of snow and freezing temperatures of Connecticut, the UConn men’s golf team opens the spring portion of its schedule on Feb. 22-24 in the Neville Kovacs Group Intercollegiate tournament at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.
The tourney is the first of five spring events the Huskies will play before they compete in The American Athletics Conference Championships on April 26-28 in Lecanto, Fla.
Senior co-captain Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) will play in the No. 1 position for the Huskies in the tourney, with junior John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) playing No. 2, junior Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) at No. 3, sophomore Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) at No. 4, and senior Dane Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.) at No. 5. UConn junior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) will compete as an individual.
The Neville Kovacs Intercollegiate is a 16-team, three-round tournament on Sunday through Tuesday, hosted by Loyola University of Maryland. It is played on the Palm Valley Golf Club, a 7,015-yard, par-72 course in the greater Phoenix area, designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills. Illinois State won the event last year, when it was known as the Snowman Getaway.
“It’s just a wonderful course,” UConn coach Dave Pezzino said. “It’s a great way for our players to start the spring.”
Besides UConn and Loyola, the host team, the remainder of the field includes Air Force, Arizona State, Bradley, DePaul, Gonzaga, Missouri, Missouri State, Murray State, Navy, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, and Utah Valley.
Following the Neville Kovacs Group Intercollegiate, UConn will continue its spring schedule with two tournaments in March --- the Colleton River Collegiate, hosted by Michigan State, on March 9-10 on the Dye Course at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., and the FAU Slomin Autism Championship on March 27-29, hosted by Florida Atlantic, at The Fountains Golf Club in Lake Worth, Fla.
In April, the Huskies will host the Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational, a three-round, 54-hole event, on April 11-12 at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Conn., played in honor of returning U.S. veterans. Thirteen teams will compete in the event.
UConn will then wrap up the regular season on April 18-19, playing in the Yale Spring Invitational at The Golf Course at Yale in New Haven.
The AAC Championships will be held at The Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.
Besides the six players competing in the Neville Kovacs Group Intercollegiate, the UConn roster includes senior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.), senior Dan Myers (Ridgefield, Conn.), junior Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.), sophomore Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.), and freshman Sasha Wortelboer (Geneva, Switzerland).