ELLINGTON, Conn. --- The UConn men's golf team staged a furious rally on Tuesday during the final round of the 2016 Connecticut Cup, but fell just short of catching team champion Boston College.
BC, which finished with an aggregate 24-over 299-290-299=888, was in first place by seven strokes and UConn sat in fourth place, 11 strokes back, after the second round Monday. The Huskies rallied during Round 3, however, cutting BC's lead to just two strokes as the tournament whittled down to the final few holes. UConn's aggregate 28-over 295-305-292=892 was four strokes behind the winning Eagles, and one stroke ahead of third-place Cornell in the 15-team field, held for the eighth consecutive year at Ellington Ridge Country Club. It was UConn's third Top 5 finish in five events this fall.
The host Huskies were led by freshman Chandler Morris (Hobe Sound, Fla.), who shot a 6-over 71-76-75=222, to finish in a tie for ninth place, the best finish of his young college career. Senior Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) also had his best-ever finish, shooting an 8-over 76-77-71=224 to end in a tie for 15th place.
Also for the UConn team, sophomore Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished in a tie for 23rd place with a 9-over 74-75-76=225, sophomore Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) finished in a tie for 31st place with an 11-over 80-77-70=227, and senior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) shot a 13-over 74-77-78=229 to finish in a tie for 41st place.
Five UConn players also competed as individuals, led by freshman Tim Umphrey (Northborough, Mass.), who had the best finish of his career, finishing in an 11th-place with a 7-over 70-76-75=223. Junior Sasha Wortelboer (Geneva, Switzerland), tied his best-ever finish, grabbing a tie for 15th place with a 6-over 76-74-74=224. Sophomore Blake Kelley (Manchester, Conn.) finished in a tie for 25th place with a 10-over 80-74-72=226, while sophomore Nick Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.) tied for 41st place with a 13-over 82-72-75=229. Redshirt freshman Zach Iannone (Hamden, Conn.), playing in his first collegiate competition, ended in a tie for 52nd place with a steadily-improving 16-over 82-77-73=232.
St. John's Gerry Mackedon (1-over 75-73-69=217) and Boston College's Matt Naumec (1-over 72-71-74=217) tied for first place in the large 87-player field, with Mackedon winning individual medalist honors with a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole.
The tournament honored longtime Ellington Ridge CC professional Tony Rowe, heading into retirement at the end of the season.
The Connecticut Cup wrapped up the fall portion of UConn's 2016-17 season. The Huskies will begin the six-event spring portion of their schedule on Feb. 25-27, traveling to Goodyear, Ariz., to compete in the Loyola Intercollegiate.