FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Junior Lee Bloom (W. Hartford, Conn./Loomis Chafee) finished in a three-way tie for eighth place at the University Athletic Association championships, earning second-team All-Conference honors in his first ever UAA tournament, held at Royal Lakes Country Club in suburban Atlanta, hosted by Emory University. The Judges finished in fifth place overall among the five UAA teams.
Bloom and sophomore teammate Charles Sacks (Phoenix, Ariz./Jess Schwartz) were in a tie for fourth place after day one of competition, as both shot six-over-par rounds of 77 on the par-71 course. Both were tied for the tournament lead with three birdies after the first day of action, with Bloom playing the par-five holes in one-under and Sacks shooting one-under on the par-threes.The Judges were in fifth place after day one, but stood just three strokes behind host Emory for fourth place and eight out of third place.
Unfortunately, after the Judges shot eight birdies on the first day, second among all teams, they made just two more on day two, dropping eight strokes as a team to finish at +98 (329-337-666). The Judges were 33 strokes behind NYU, who was in second place after the first day of competition. Bloom finished at 77-82-159 (+18), tied with two others for All-UAA honors, giving Brandeis an All-Conferenc finisher for the second year in a row after not having one since 2006.
Sacks, all All-Association member last season, was the team's second finisher, tying for 15th place with a 77-86-163 (+22). Senior Aaron Hattenbach (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) and rookie Aaron Cusato (San Diego, Calif/Point Loma) tied for 22nd, shooting rounds of 172 (+30).