STORRS --- Fresh off its victory in the Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational last weekend, the UConn men’s golf team heads for Lecanto, Fla., to compete in the American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship, scheduled for May 1-3 at the Par 72 Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch.
The three-day event will feature nine AAC teams, vying for the conference championship and the automatic berth in the NCAA Championship Regional that goes with it. UConn is seeded No. 5 in the AAC Championship and will be paired with No. 4 East Carolina and No. 6 UCF in Sunday’s first round of competition.
Other pairings will include No. 1 USF with No. 2 Houston and No. 3 Memphis, with the final pairing featuring No. 7 Cincinnati, No. 8 Tulsa, and No. 9 Temple. Teams will be re-paired for Monday’s second round based on the Round 1 results, and will be re-paired again for Tuesday’s final round. An awards presentation will take place following the final round.
UConn will be led into the conference championship by junior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.), who captured his first collegiate victory last weekend with a 13-under par performance in the Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational, including a course-record 64 in Sunday’s final round at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Conn. Dietrich leads the Huskies this season with a 71.8 per round average in 29 rounds and five Top 10 finishes.
Senior co-captain Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), who has a 72.3 per round average and five Top 10 finishes, will also compete for UConn, along with senior co-captain John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.), who carries a 73.7 average and two Top 10 finishes. Rounding out the Huskies’ squad will be veteran senior Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.), with a 74.8 per round average and two Top 10s, and freshman Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.), with a 74.9 average and three Top 20 finishes.
The American Athletic Conference features three teams ranked among the nation’s Top 40, according to the latest Golfstat rankings – USF at No. 15, Houston at No. 35 and Memphis at No. 39. USF is the league’s defending champion, winning the 2015 title by 13 strokes over SMU. USF’s Ryan Fricker was the individual champion with an 11-under 205.