MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (April 14, 2013) --- Led by individual medalist Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), the UConn men's golf team placed four players among the top 13 finishers to win the New England D-1 Championships at Newport National Country Club.
The Huskies shot a sizzling aggregate score of 291on Sunday with four rounds in the 70s. That combined with Saturday's 297 for a tournament total of 588 for UConn, good enough to win by a convincing 12 strokes over second-place University of Rhode Island (295-305-600) and by 14 over third-place University of Hartford (300-302-602). Rhode Island held a two-stroke lead over UConn after Saturday's first round in the two-day,10-team event.
Zaback shot a tournament-best round of 6-under par 66 on Saturday, his fourth sub-70 round this year. The UConn freshman followed that up with a 1-over 73 on Sunday for a 5-under 139 total, topping second-place Evan Russell of Hartford by five strokes, to win the tourney's Joe Prisco Award for individual medalist .
It was the second tournament victory of the year for Zaback, who also captured The Connecticut Cup last fall, as well as his third top 10 finish, and fifth finish among the top 15. He led the 50-player tournament in Par 4 scoring (-1) and Par 5 scoring (-5) and was third in Par 3 scoring (+1). He also led the field in birdies with 8 and had one of five eagles recorded during the tourney.
UConn sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), who led the Huskies with a 2-under 70 on Sunday, shot a 77-70-147 to finish in a third-place tie, while junior Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.) had 76-74-150 to finish in a tie for 10th. Freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) had a 78-74-152 to finish in a tie for 13th place and sophomore Dane Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.) had 89-79-168 for a tie for 39th place.
As a team, the Huskies topped the field in Par 4 scoring (+16) and also led in birdies (24) on the 7,244-yard Newport National CC course.
UConn will continue the spring portion of its 2012-13 schedule on April 20-21, when it competes in the Rutherford Intercollegiate Tournament on the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.