LAKE WORTH, Fla. --- Led by a top 10 finish by junior John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), the UConn men's golf team had its finest performance of the spring season, capturing second place in the FAU Slomin Autism Championship, which concluded on Sunday.
UConn shot an aggregate 294-289-203-876 at The Fountains Country Club North Course to finish second in the 20-team field behind team champion University of Central Florida (279-293-291-863). The Huskies finished one stroke in front of third-place DePaul and four strokes ahead of fourth-place Florida Gulf Coast.
UConn was in eighth place after Friday's first round, soared into a five-way tie for second after the second round, and held its runner-up position by itself following Sunday's final round.
Flaherty was remarkably consistent, firing an even-par 71 on Friday and matching 72s on Saturday and Sunday for a 2-over 215, good enough for a tie for seventh-place in the 115-player field. The medalist was Ryan Stovash of UCF with a 68-67-73-208.
Also recording a top 20 finish was UConn senior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), who shot 74-73-72 for a 6-over 219, and a tie for 17th place.
As for the rest of the Huskies, junior Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) shot 77-72-72-221 to tie for 33rd place, junior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) shot 72-72-79-223 for a tie for 43rd place and sophomore Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) shot 80-78-77-235 finish in a tie for 92nd place.
Playing as an individual, junior Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished in a tie for 71st place with a 81-75-72-228.
UConn will continue its spring schedule on April 11-12, when it hosts the Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational at Lake of Isles Golf Course at Foxwoods Resort Casino in North Stonington, Conn.