March 27, 2016
Team, Player Combos
LAKE WORTH, Fla. --- Led by senior Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) and junior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.), the UConn men’s golf team fired a solid, even-par aggregate score of 276-288-288=852 to finish in second place in the 18-team FAU Slomin Autism Invitational, which ended Sunday at The Fountains Country Club North Course in Lake, Worth, Fla.
It is the third tournament this year in which the Huskies finished as either the winner or the runner-up and is their fifth Top 5 finish in eight events in 2015-16. Mississippi captured the tourney title with an 11-under 841, while UCF finished one spot behind UConn with a 4-over 856.
Zaback and Dietrich were part of a four-way tie for fifth on the leaderboard after each shot a 4-under 209. For Zaback (66-71-72=209), it is the 14th Top 10 and the 22nd Top 20 finish of his college career. He also has now recorded 11 rounds of par or better this year and the first-round 66 was his second-best round of the year and his fifth sub-70 round of 2015-16.
Dietrich (67-70-72=209) now has four Top 10 finishes and seven Top 20 finishes in his career. He has 12 rounds of par or better this year and five sub-70 rounds. His first-round 67 equaled his best round of the year.
Also for the Huskies, senior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) shot a 72-74-71=217 to tie for 33rd place, senior John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) shot a71-75-73=219 to tie for 40th place and freshman Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) shot 73-73-78=224 to tie for 67th place in the huge 108-player field.
Playing as individuals, UConn freshman Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio), playing in his first collegiate event, finished in a tie for 67th place with a 74-73-77=224, while senior Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished in 72nd place after shooting 83-69-73=225.
UConn will be off until April 16-17, when it competes in the Rutherford Intercollegiate Tournament at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.