Men's Golf in Seventh After Day One at C-USA Championship

April 24, 2006


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Greg Forest made six birdies en route to firing a 2-under-par 70 for UCF Monday in the first round of the Conference USA Men's Golf Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club. The Golden Knights shot an even-par 288 and are in seventh place heading into Tuesday's second round.

Memphis shot a 12-under 276, two shots better than second-place SMU. Tulsa and Houston are tied for third at 3-under 285, three shots ahead of UCF. Teams three through nine are separated by only seven shots.

Despite recording its third-lowest round of the year, UCF coach Nick Clinard was not pleased with his team's performance Monday. "I don't think we played that well today, Clinard said. "We didn't take advantage of good scoring conditions and now have a lot of ground to make up. We generally play better as the tournament goes along so we need to continue that trend. We have to make a move tomorrow in order to have a chance to win."

Keven Fortin-Simard from Memphis and Colt Knost from SMU are tied atop the leader board after each shot 6-under 66 Monday. Forest is tied for 11th, four shots back.

"I was too up and down today," Forest said. "I made six birdies, but I also made four bogeys. I gave myself a chance to make par on three of the holes I made bogey, but I just couldn't get the putts to drop. I lipped out twice."

Sonny Nimkhum and Steven Bain shot identical even-par 72s and are tied for 20th, while Kyle Davis is tied for 31st after carding a 2-over 74. Giwon Suh is tied for 52nd after a 6-over 78.