NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. --- With a sizzling aggregate team score of 3-under 285 on Sunday, the best single round of any team in the tournament, the UConn golf team captured second place in the Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational, held at the North Course at Lake of Isles.
While not enough to catch tournament champion Hartford (295-292-587), UConn's performance on Sunday represented a remarkable 30-shot improvement (315-285-600) over Saturday's first round, which ended with the Huskies in ninth place. Saint Peter's (605) finished third, Rhode Island (610) fourth, and LIU-Brooklyn (611) fifth in the 16-team field. It is UConn's fourth Top 5 finish of the 2014-15 season.
Leading the UConn charge was junior Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), whose 3-under 69 on Sunday combined with his 75 on Saturday for an even-par 144, good enough to take individual runner-up honors behind medalist Will Betts (68-70-138) of Hartford.
UConn senior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), finished just one stroke (75-70-145) behind Zaback to tie for third place in the large 89-player field.
Also for the Huskies, junior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) shot 82-73-155 to tie for 25th place, junior John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) shot 83-74-157 to tie for 40th place, and sophomore Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) shot 85-73-158 to tie for 43rd place.
UConn also had a number of players playing as individuals, including two who recorded Top 20 finishes. Senior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) shot 73-79-152 to tie for 16th place, while freshman Sasha Wortelboer (Geneva, Switzerland) shot 80-73-153 to tie for 18th place.
Also, senior Dane Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.) and junior Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) were part of a tie for 33rd place with an 83-73-156 and 78-78-156, respectively. Senior Dan Myers (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) deadlocked for 85th place with 85-88-173 and 87-86-173, respectively.
The tournament, hosted by UConn, is named in honor of the Til Duty Is Done organization, which helps returning veterans with housing and employment and reintegration. A number of the volunteers who helped put on the tournament were former military personnel who are members of the organization.
The Huskies will conclude the regular 2014-15 season on April 18-19, when they travel to New Haven to play in the Yale Spring Invitational at The Golf Course at Yale. UConn will then compete at The American Athletic Conference Championship on April 26-29 at the Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.