GOODYEAR, Ariz. --- Senior co-captain Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) put together the finest score of his 41-tournament college career to lead the UConn men's golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Loyola Intercollegiate, held at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.
Zaback fired a 3-under 69 Tuesday, his second sub-70 round in three days, resulting a tournament score of 9-under 65-73-69=207, one stroke better than Zaback's previous career-best. His tie for fourth place is the 13th Top Ten and 20th Top 20 finish of his career. Zaback has now recorded 31 rounds of par or better and 13 sub-70 rounds.
Senior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) finished in a tie for 16th with a 3-under score of 71-70-72=213, while junior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) and senior John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) were part of a tie for 26th place with 69-76-71=216 and 72-71-73=216, respectfully. Freshman Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) tied for 75th place with a 76-76-73=225.
Playing as individuals, UConn senior Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) tied for 41st with 72-77-70=219 and sophomore Sasha Wortelboer (Geneva, Switzerland) tied for 77th place with 74-81-71=226. For the tournament, the seven UConn players combined for 12 rounds of par or better.
The tournament featured 104 players with Tanner Napier of Arkansas State winning medalist honors with a 66-68-64=198.
UConn's aggregate 277-290-285=862 finished behind only team champion Arkansas State (279-281-273=833), Indiana, James Madison, and Tennessee-Martin in the 17-team field.
The Huskies will continue with the spring portion of their schedule next week as they compete in the Colleton River Collegiate at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., on March 7-8.