July 17, 2014
OLD LYME, Conn. - University of Connecticut standout golfer Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) qualified for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday after finishing second with a score of 1-over in the two-day sectional qualifying stage at the Black Hall Golf Club.
Zaback, who enters his junior season at UConn this fall, posted the low round (69) in the second day of qualifying to vault his way into the top two spots and into the championship, which takes place Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. He carded three birdies in the final round and his 2-under effort was just one of four rounds under par throughout the regional qualifying.
Zaback becomes the second Husky in the last two years to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship, joining teammate Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.), who competed for the championship last year.
It's been an impressive summer for Zaback, the winner of last month's 112th Connecticut Amateur Championship. He took home the state championship with a 1-up win over Kevin Josephson at the Lake of Isles course in North Stonington on June 20. The 20-year-old has tallied four individual victories in his first two seasons at UConn, and his scoring average of 74.14 led the Huskies this past season.
Zaback and the Huskies open the fall season on Sept. 12-14 when they head to Illinois to take part in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.