UCF Rallies to Finish Fifth at Rio Pinar While Greg Forest Ties for Second

Feb. 14, 2006


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Greg Forest matched the low round of the tournament with final-round 4-under-par 68 Tuesday and tied for second as the Golden Knights finished fifth at the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate at Rio Pinar Country Club. Lamar won the 18-team event by seven shots over Southern Miss, while the Cardinal's Casey Clendenon claimed medalist honors.

UCF was in 12th-place after the first round and rallied to finish fifth after shooting consecutive rounds of 6-over-par 294. "We showed some determination after starting so poorly," UCF head coach Nick Clinard said. "Unfortunately, it's hard to compete for a tournament title when you find yourself that deep in the field after the opening round. I'm really proud of Greg, though. He is maturing as a player and this was a great event for him."

Forest and Jason Cuthbertson from Southern Miss tied for second at even-par 216 after shooting identical 4-under-par 68s Tuesday afternoon. Clendenon finished the event five shots clear of the field at 5-under-par 211 after closing with a 3-under-par 69.

Weather was a factor again Tuesday, but only during the morning hours. Play was delayed by 90 minutes because the entire course was blanketed in frost. The temperature then warmed to the mid 60s with very little wind and the field enjoyed the best conditions of the event.

Frost Monday morning delayed the start and caused play to be halted by darkness in the afternoon round. The field had to finish that round early Tuesday before beginning the third round. By the time the second round was completed, Lamar had taken a lead it would not relinquish and UCF began its move up the standings, climbing to ninth.

UCF's Chris Anderson, competing as an individual, was the next-highest finisher for the Golden Knights. He tied for 18th at 7-over-par.

UCF returns to action Saturday at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville.