Senior Tim Buczak and sophomore Eric Hawerchuk posted two-day totals of 142 to tie for 11th at the Rutgers Invitational, leading Central Connecticut to a tie for fifth place in the 24-team field. The Blue Devils vaulted from eighth into the tie for fifth behind a second day 283, the third lowest team total of the final round. Hawerchuk shot a day two four under par 67, his career low at CCSU, at the Rutgers Golf Course. It matched the lowest round of the invitational. Seton Hall moved from fifth to first behind a final round 279, finishing at 567. The Pirates held off USC-Upstate (568) and Binghamton (569). The Blue Devils finished nine strokes back, tied with Long Island, at 576.
Buczak, who led the field in par four scoring (-3), followed up his best round (69) as a Blue Devil with a final round 73. He and Hawerchuk, who played the par fives in a tournament-best five under par, finished three strokes in front of sophomore teammate Sam Pelletier. Pelletier tied for 26th with rounds of 75 and 70. Classmate Tom Ursa posted a final round 73, finishing at 147. Junior Sean Lally rounded out the CCSU field with a two-day score of 157.
Towson sophomore Chris Scialo earned medalist honors, carding rounds of 68 and 69 for a five under par 137.
The Blue Devils and Long Island tied for top honors among the eight Northeast Conference schools participating. Monmouth (593), Quinnipiac (598), Sacred Heart (601), Mount St. Mary's (603), Fairleigh Dickinson (604) and Wagner (665) were also in the field.
Central Connecticut will next be in action at the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21.