GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Senior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) led a final-round charge Monday that lifted the UConn golf team to a come-from-behind victory in the Loyola Intercollegiate, held at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.
Dietrich shot a 6-under 66 and Khan registered a 3-under 69 on Monday, leading the Huskies to an aggregate 14-under 274, the finest team round of the entire tournament. The Huskies, who trailed by eight strokes heading into the final round, finished the round 15 strokes better than Eastern Michigan, which had led the tourney for the first two rounds. UConn's 30-under 282-278-274=834 was seven strokes ahead of Eastern Michigan and 13 better than third-place Elon in the 16-team event.
It was UConn's fourth Top Five finish in six events this year, but its first tournament championship this season. It also marked the seventh tournament title of UConn Coach Dave Pezzino's 10-year UConn coaching tenure.
Dietrich's 9-under 70-71-66=207 was good enough for a fourth-place overall finish, his best finish of this season and the ninth Top 10 finish of his career. It pushed him to 31 career rounds of par or better and the 66 is his 12th sub-70 round. He finished four strokes in back of individual medalist Kyle Rhodes (-13) from Eastern Michigan.
Khan finished in a tie for fifth in the 96-player field with an 8-under 72-67-69=208, equaling the best finish of his two-year college career. He has two Top 10 finishes and five sub-70 rounds as a UConn golfer.
Sophomore Nick Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.) turned in his best college performance with a 3-under 71-68-74=213, good enough for a tie for 21st place. Round 2 was the first sub-70 round of Harrington's college career.
Also for UConn, sophomore Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished in tie for 23rd place with a 2-under 69-74-71=214 and freshman Tim Umphrey (Northborough, Mass.) captured a tie for 33rd place with an even-par 76-72-68=216.
Playing as individuals, UConn redshirt freshman Zach Iannone (Hamden, Conn.) was part of the tie for 33rd place after shooting and even-par 70-73-73=216 and freshman Chandler Morris (Hobe Sound, Fla.) tied for 58th place with a 4-over 75-74-71=220.
UConn continues the spring portion of its schedule on March 6-7, traveling to Bluffton, S.C., to compete in the Colleton River Collegiate at Colleton River Plantation Country Club.