STORRS --- Rising seniors Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) and John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) have been named co-captains of the UConn men's golf team for the 2015-16 season, coach Dave Pezzino announced today.
Both Zaback and Flaherty have been consistently solid performers during their first three seasons with the Huskies. They are the leading returning players in terms of events and rounds played, as well as scoring average per round and Top 20 finishes.
"Zach and John are two young men who epitomize what being a student-athlete at UConn is all about," Pezzino said. "They bring an outstanding work ethic to our program, working extremely hard in the classroom and on the golf course during the season and then playing challenging tournaments during the summer."
Zaback, who plays out of TPC at River Highlands, has competed in 35 events and played an even 100 rounds in his three-year UConn career, averaging a team-leading 74.4 strokes per round. He has won three tournaments --- the 2012 Connecticut Cup, the 2013 Connecticut Cup and the 2013 New England Division I Championship --- and has 10 Top 10 and 17 Top 20 finishes. Zaback has shot par or better in 27 rounds and has played 9 sub-70 rounds.
The reigning Connecticut State Golf Association Player of the Year, Zaback won the 2014 Connecticut State Amateur Championship, finished third in the 2014 New England Amateur Championship and finished second in the U.S. Amateur qualifying round, allowing him to play in the U.S. Amateur Championship. He has won honors as the Big East Player of the Week in April, 2013, the Big East Player of the Month in October, 2012, and was named to the 2013 All-Big East Team and the 2013 PING All-Northeast Region Team.
Flaherty, who also plays out of TPC at River Highlands, has competed in 33 events and played 95 rounds at UConn, averaging 75.0 strokes per round. He has six Top 10 and 13 Top 20 finishes. Flaherty has two fourth-place finishes and has three sub-70 rounds and 13 rounds of par or better.
Flaherty has been the runner-up at the Palmer Cup in Waterbury in each of the last two years, bowing in a playoff both times. He was a semifinalist at the Connecticut Amateur Championship and was the second alternate at the U.S. Amateur qualifier. He tied for 11th (with Zaback and UConn teammate Chris Wiatr) at the 2014 Connecticut Open.
"I have enjoyed watching Zach and John mature and grow into leaders over the last three years," Pezzino said. "I'm really looking forward to working with them as we set our team goals for the 2015-16 season."