Men's Golf Wins the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate

Feb. 15, 2005

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ORLANDO - In a lineup dominated by freshmen, the lone senior showed the youngsters how to play Tuesday as Andreas Hoegberg led UCF to victory at the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate with a 4-under-par 68. UCF won the 18-team event by six shots over UNC-Wilmington, while Hoegberg claimed medalist honors in a playoff.

UCF entered the final round with a six stroke lead over UNC-Wilmington and held that margin as both teams shot 1-over-par 289. The Golden Knights finished the 54-hole event at 2-under-par. Louisville finished third and Charlotte, which shot the low round of the day with a 5-under-par 283, and moved from eighth to fourth. Tulane rounded out the top five.

"It was good to get the win, especially with four freshmen in the lineup," UCF coach Nick Clinard said. "It shows those guys are as good as advertised. I'm also happy for Andreas. It was his first college win and well-deserved as hard as he works."

Hoegberg entered the final round four shots out of the lead and quickly made up that ground with a 5-under-par 31 on the front side at Rio Pinar Country Club. He got to six under on the day with a birdie on 10, but dropped two shots coming in. He made a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Tulane's Chris Wheeler and Mississippi State's Joe Deraney. Deraney fired the low round of the tournament to get into the playoff when he carded a final round 6-under-par 66.

Hoegberg birdied the par-5 10th hole in the playoff to win the event. He hit his second shot just left of the green while Wheeler and Deraney were forced to lay up because of errant drives. Hoegberg chipped his ball to within two feet and tapped it in for the win after Deraney made par and Wheeler had a tap in left for par.

This tournament was the most extensive work for his Clinard's highly-touted recruiting class. Preston Brown tied for fifth in the event at 1-under-par after shooting 74 Tuesday. Giwon Suh tied for 21st at 4-over-par, Ben Leong made 18 consecutive pars to shoot 72 and tie for 30th, while Chris Anderson tied for 37th.

"Hopefully we can build on that momentum and have a strong spring because we have a lot of key tournaments coming up," Clinard said.

UCF returns to the course Sunday in Ponte Vedra, Fla. at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships.