Golden Knights Tie for Third at UCF Women's Golf Invitational

Feb. 7, 2006


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Ashley Grier shot a 2-over-par 74 Tuesday to lead the Golden Knights as UCF finished in a tie for third in the UCF Women's Golf Invitational at Stoneybrook Golf Club. Rollins claimed the team title by three shots over Florida International, while FIU's Susan Nam took home medalist honors by two shots over Florida Gulf Coast's Heather Hagerman.

UCF entered the final round in fourth place, nine shots out of the lead. The Golden Knights carded a 20-over-par 308 in windy conditions Tuesday to move into a tie for third with Texas Tech, which began the day two strokes ahead of UCF.

"Overall, the team played pretty well," UCF coach Emilee Klein said. "I'm proud of the girls. The conditions were tough today, but they played hard. They exceeded my expectations for the first tournament of the semester."

FIU made a run at the first-round leaders with a 10-over-par 298, but it was not enough to catch the Tars, who had a six-stoke lead after Monday's play. Rollins won the team title in the Eighth Annual UCF Women's Golf Invitational for a second time.

Grier was UCF's highest finisher, tying for fourth. She began the day tied for sixth. UCF's Lauren Motyl, who competed in the tournament as an individual, was alone in fifth place at even-par after Monday's first round, but carded an 8-over-par 80 and dropped into a tie for 14th Tuesday.

Conditions Tuesday were a lot tougher than what the teams faced Monday. A steady wind of nearly 20 miles per hour began shortly after the first teams hit the course and an approaching cold front brought the addition of gusty conditions a few hours later as the leaders were making the turn. The average score Tuesday was a full stroke higher than Monday's average of 78.99.

FGCU's Hagerman took advantage of an early tee time and calmer conditions to post a 1-under-par 71 and finish the 36-hole tournament at even-par 144. She then had to wait for almost three hours for the rest of the field to finish. She entered the final round in a tie for sixth place.

Mayule Tomimbang also finished in the top 20 for the Golden Knights. She tied for 17th after posting a 6-over-par 78 Tuesday. Annabel Silk tied for 31st, while Holly Boot and Kristy McLauglin each tied for 35th in the field of 75 players.

UCF's women's golf team will be in action again Feb. 21-22 at the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians Women's Golf Championship in Kendall, Fla.