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UConn Golfers Begin Spring Schedule

Junior Eric Dietrich and the Huskies are headed for Arizona.
Feb. 25, 2016

STORRS – After a break between semesters, the UConn men’s golf is ready to begin the spring portion of its 2015-16 schedule, traveling to Goodyear, Ariz., to participate in the Loyola Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by Loyola-Maryland at the Palm Valley Golf Club on Feb. 28-March 1.

“It’s a tournament that always features a large field on a fun, fast golf course,” nine-year UConn Coach Dave Pezzino said. “Loyola does a great job running the event and it’s a great way to get our players back into competition.

“I think the guys were extremely productive during the break, working on their games, and we are ready to play.”

The Loyola Intercollegiate is a three-day event, which features split tee times Sunday and Monday and a shotgun start on Tuesday. It is the first of five events for the Huskies, leading up to the American Athletic Conference Championship, which begins on May 1.

Following the trip to Arizona, UConn moves on to Bluffton, S.C., to play in the Colleton River Collegiate at Colleton River Plantation, hosted by Michigan State, on March 7-8.

The Huskies will then have a few weeks without a tournament before competing in the FAU Slomin Autism Championship, hosted by Florida Atlantic at The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., on March 25-27.



Moving into April, the Huskies travel to Penn State for the Rutherford Invitational on the Penn State Blue Course, in State College, Pa., on Aril 16-17.

Then, for the second straight year, UConn will host the Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational, honoring returning veterans. This year, the tournament will be held on April 23-24 at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Conn.

"I am so proud that we've been able to host an event like this,” Pezzino said. "Last year, I can tell you that everybody in the field felt the presence of those heroes walking amongst us. It's quite an honor to be able to actually introduce our young people to the veterans who sacrifice so much for us."

The TDID event, the final tournament on UConn's regular-season schedule, also provides an opportunity for the Huskies to prepare for The American Conference Championships, set for the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla., on May 1-3.

The Huskies are led by senior co-captains Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) and John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior standout Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.).