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Goode Leads Huskies To UConn Invitational Championship

UConn Athletic Communications / Oct. 3, 2023


HAMPDEN, Mass. – UConn sophomore golfer Connor Goode fired a final-round 1-under 71 and fought off repeated challenges to post the first individual tournament championship of his college career and lead the Huskies to the team championship of the UConn Invitational at GreatHorse.

Goode (Glastonbury, Conn.) was the lone player in the 78-player field to finish under par, compiling a remarkably consistent 1-under 71-73-71=215, to edge LIU's Lewis Wright (Even, 73-73-70=216) by one stroke. Goode also led the tournament in total birdies with 13 and in scoring on the Par 4 holes, playing them at 4-under. Goode's previous best finish was a tie for 27th in last year's UConn Invitational.

Goode had plenty of support from his UConn teammates, as the Huskies placed all five players among the tourney's top 18 finishers. In Tuesday's final round, the Huskies produced the best aggregate round of the tournament, a 4-under 284. UConn's tournament total of a 4-over, 292-292-284=868 finished 11 strokes ahead of second-place Siena College (15-over, 879) in the 13-team field. Boston College, Iona and LIU rounded out the top five.

The tourney title is UConn's 17th under 17-year head coach Dave Pezzino and the first since last season's win in BIG EAST Match Play. It is UConn's fifth crown in the UConn Invitational's 14-year history.

UConn junior Ray Dennehy (Princeton, Mass.) finished in an 8th place tie with a 2-over, 71-74-73=218. Freshman Bradley Sawka (Ellington, Conn.), playing in his first collegiate tournament, was in a 12th place tie with a 4-over, 78-72-70=220, as was senior Tommy Dallahan (Simsbury, Conn.), with a 4-over, 72-74-74=220. Junior Trevor Lopez (Winchester, Mass.) rounded out the UConn team with a solid, 18th place finish after shooting a 5-over, 78-73-70=221.

Junior Eric Boulger and freshman Alex Heard led the six-man UConn contingent playing as individuals. Boulger (Walpole, Mass.) recorded a 7-over, 74-77-72=223, to finish in a tie for 22nd place, the best finish of his career. Heard (Boca Raton, Fla.) was close behind with an 8-over, 77-74-73=224 to finish in a tie for 26th place.

Freshman Jack Katowski (Boca Raton, Fla.) turned in a 12-over, 78-75-75=228 to finish in a tie for 39th place, junior Vikram Konanki (Newton, Mass.) finished in a tie for 49th with a 15-over, 83-69-79=231, sophomore Colin Spencer (Mashpee, Mass.) was 61st with a 20-over, 85-71-80=236, and sophomore Chris Sacher (Schoeffengrund, Hesse, Germany) had a 24-over, 80-78-82=240 to finish in a tie for 68th place.

The Huskies will not have too much time to celebrate their victory as they return to tournament action on Sunday, Oct. 8, traveling to the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C., to compete in the BMW Intercollegiate.

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