Bethpage, N.Y. (Sept. 24) The University of Connecticut mens golf team finished in eighth place in a field of 14 teams at The McLaughlin, hosted by St. Johns on the Bethpage Red Course. The Huskies carded an 869 (296-288-287) for the tournament, an average of 72.4 per player for the three rounds. UConn's team score was the best in program history for a three round event.
UConn was led by junior Jason Parajeckas (Woburn, Mass.) who finished in a tie for fourth. Parajeckas carded rounds of 71 and 69 on the first day of play before closing with a 69 on Saturday for a two-day total of 209. Classmate Daniel White (Westford, Mass.) finished in a tie for 16th place after shooting a 214 for the tournament. White had identical rounds of 71 on day one and followed those with a 72 in the final round. Sophomore Brian Travalja (Oradel, N.J.) tied for 44th in the tournament with rounds of 75, 76 and 71 for a two day total of 222.
Other Husky finishers included sophomore A.J. Siekierski (North Grovenordale, Conn.) who shot 79, 72 and 77 for a two-day total of 228, placing him 60th for the tournament. Senior Michael Hornung (Hartland, Wisc.) finished in a time for 69th after compiling a tournament total of 233 (77-81-75). UConn put forth a terrific team performance on a tough course against top-notch competition throughout the weekend.
Winthrop and St. Johns tied for the victory, each with a two-day total of 847.
The Huskies are next in action on Oct. 1 and 2 at the ECAC Tournament in Farmington, Conn.