UConn Athletic Communications / Feb. 2, 2021
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The UConn men’s golf team got its 2021 spring season off to a successful start, finishing the four-team BIG EAST Match Play event in second place.
The event, held at the Pelican Golf Club in Clearwater, Fla., featured UConn, Marquette, Seton Hall and DePaul playing in a round-robin format of match play. When the third round ended on Tuesday, UConn had notched a 2-1 record, finishing behind Marquette (2-0-1) and ahead of Seton Hall (1-1-1) and DePaul (0-2-1).
Playing six matches against each of the other teams, UConn started the event with a tough 5-1 loss against Marquette in Round 1. The Huskies, however, rebounded with a 3-2-1 victory over Seton Hall in Round 2, and a 3-0-3 triumph over DePaul in Round 3.
UConn was led by freshman Tommy Dallahan (Simsbury, Conn.), who posted a 2-0-1 record for the event. Junior Jared Nelson (Rutland, Vt.) and freshman Caleb Manuel (Topsham, Me.) were each 2-1, while freshman Jimmy Paradise (Tampa, Fla.) was 1-1-1, and seniors Finn Boynton (Milford, Conn.) and Rodrigo Sanchez (Santo Domingo, D.R.) were 0-2-1.
Nelson produced the most impressive comeback of the tournament. He was down 5 holes to DePaul’s Carlo Gatmaytan after the 12th hole of Tuesday’s Round 3, he then proceeded to win the final six consecutive holes to capture the 1-up victory.
When it came to tournament statistics, UConn’s Manuel led the tournament in Par 4 scoring at +11, while Nelson was second (+100) and Dallahan was fourth (+111). Nelson finished third in Par 5 scoring (-1). Boynton was tied for the tourney lead in birdies with 8, while Sanchez produced one of only four eagles.
UConn continues its spring schedule on Feb. 8-9 when it competes in the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play Tournament, a seven-team match play event, sponsored by Ball State University, at the Lake Jovita South course in Dade City, Fla.