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Huskies Finish 5th In BIG EAST Championship

Michael Masso shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday,

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REUNION, Fla. (April 30, 2013) --- Freshman John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Michael Masso (Suffield, Conn.) each shot a 2-under par 70 Tuesday as UConn finished in fifth place in the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship.

Flaherty and Masso were the third and fourth different Huskies to shoot a 70, the low round for UConn during the three-round championship, held at the Par 72 Watson Course at the Reunion Resort near Orlando.  

Flaherty (73-76-70-219) was the top finisher with a 3-over 219 for the Huskies, ending up in 17th place. It is Flaherty's fourth consecutive Top 20 finish and his fifth of the year. Sophomore Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) was close behind, finishing in a tie for 18th with a 75-70-75-220, 4-over. It is Wiatr's fourth Top 20 finish of the year.

Freshman Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) shot 70-77-77-224 to equal Masso (78-76-70-224) as both were part of a tie for 32nd place. Sophomore Dane Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.) finished in a tie for 35th place with a 76-73-76-225.

The individual medalist was Cincinnati's David Tepe, who shot an 8-under 208, nosing out South Florida's Chase Koepka by one stroke. The field consisted of 60 players.

USF won the BIG EAST title with a 6-under 858 (290-287-281), topping second-place St. John's (298-283-281-862) by four strokes. Two-time defending champion Notre Dame (864) was third, Louisville (866) finished fourth, and UConn (294-295-291-880) was fifth in the 12-team field.

The order of finish for remainder of the field was DePaul, Marquette, Villanova, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Georgetown, and Seton Hall.