After winning the UConn Invitational Championship at GreatHorse, the UConn men’s golf team is set to travel on a short week to the BMW Intercollegiate at Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Wofford College, University of Central Florida, Lipscomb University, High Point University and Creighton University are among the teams that will perform at Carolina Country Club.
UConn will not have “home course” advantage this time around as they did last week. Carolina Country Club ranked one of the best courses upstate in South Carolina is an 18-hole, 6,929-yard, par 72 course with multiple sets of trees alongside each hole. The tournament is a three-round, 54-hole event, with unpredictable southern weather conditions.
In last year’s “Carolina Cup”, Tommy Dallahan finished in 12th place shooting a –1-under par (72-73-70) aggregate score of 215. Trevor Lopez finished in a tie for 50th place shooting 12-over par (73-76-79) score of 228. Connor Goode who competed as an individual shot 32-over par (83-79-86) aggregate of 248. The Huskies finished in seventh place out of 14 teams with a team mark of 22-over par.
Temperatures for the golfers will be bright sunny skies, mid 60 to mid 70 degree weather. With the Bermuda Grass course, the Huskies should not expect many leaves to be in the way of their shots. Spartanburg’s fall weather typically shifts into low humidity which will be great for the Huskies who recently played in similar temperature.
Hole one, which is a par 5, tight 516 yards, will make or break how the entire playing field will perform in this tournament. Using the efforts of Big East player of the week Goode and strong play from Dennehy and Dallahan at GreatHorse, this hole will be a great test for each one of them. With scenic southern sky views and slight cloud cover, the sun will greatly help the players land and control the ball more with drier conditions.
After a great performance at the UConn Invitational, the Huskies look to build on those low scores from Goode, Dallahan and Dennehy. The Huskies came out hot and sustained a high lead throughout the first two rounds. This is huge for them because low scores early on will benefit their placing in the tournament. When UConn played from behind and tries to catch up in Knoxville, Tennessee, it didn’t work well. If UConn can get out, get a hot start and shoot at least a 73, they will be in good contention to capture the crown at the BMW Intercollegiate.
The Huskies are set to play this Sunday to Tuesday, Oct. 8-10, and have the opportunity to place high at the Carolina Country Club.