July 31, 2014
WILTON, Conn. - After the finish of the 80th Connecticut Open Championship on Wednesday, there is little doubt about how close the UConn men's golfers are as a team.
The three Huskies who made the cut --- rising senior Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.), and rising juniors Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.) and John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) --- each shot a 1-over 211 for the three rounds and finished in a three-way tie for 11th place at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. Frank Bensel of Fairfield won the event with a 7-under 203.
Wiatr, who plays out of the Country Club of Waterbury, had the best single round of any of the Huskies, firing a 3-under 67 on Wednesday to finish 75-69-67-211.
Zaback, who won the Connecticut Amateur Championship in June, shot a consistent 70-71-70-211 in Wilton. The UConn junior-to-be, who plays out of the TPC at River Highlands, has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship, which takes place on Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Flaherty, who also plays out of TPC at River Higlands, shot two under-par rounds to finish 69-73-69-211 and earn his share of the 11th place tie.
Former UConn golfer Brian Ahern (UConn '98) also made the Connecticut Open cut and finished 74-71-72-217, good enough to tie for 23rd place.
The Huskies will open their 2014-15 season on Sept. 12-14, competing in the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields, Ill.