UCF Moves up to 8th in the Mercedes

Feb. 21, 2005


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Freshmen Preston Brown went back to his hometown and used some local knowledge to lead UCF in the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship Monday at Sawgrass Country Club. Brown shot a 1-over-par 73 as UCF carded a team score of 12-over-par 300 and moved from a tie for 13th into a tie for eighth in the 17-team event.

UCF's score of 300 was tied for the second lowest of the day, topped only by Alabama's 3-over-par 291, which vaulted the Crimson Tide from 10th into the lead. Alabama stands at 12-over-par through two rounds, while UCLA and defending champion South Carolina are tied for second at 16-over-par. Florida is alone in fourth at 18-over-par and Florida State is in 16th at 51-over-par. UCF is tied with Kentucky and host North Florida at 25-over-par, 13 shots behind the Crimson Tide.

Augusta State's Major Manning shot the low round of the day with a 3-under-par 69 and holds a one stroke lead over Alabama's Clint Provost. Brown moved into the top 20 and is tied for 19th at 5-over-par for the event.

Despite two double bogeys and two bogeys, freshman Ben Leong shot a 2-over-par 74 and moved into a tie for 31st. Fellow freshman Giwon Suh posted a 75 and moved into a tie for 37th with Senior Andreas Hoegberg, who struggled Tuesday, registering eight bogeys and two birdies en route to a 6-over-par 78.

UCF will be paired with Duke and UAB in Tuesday's final round and will go off the 10th tee beginning at 9 a.m.