Men's Golf Rallies to Finish Eighth at Thunderbird Invitational

April 9, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Giwon Suh and Greg Forest matched career-low rounds Sunday with a 4-under-par 67 and 3-under-par 68, respectively, to lead a UCF charge that moved the Golden Knights up four spots in the final standings at the Thunderbird Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. UCF began the day in 12th and wound up eighth after posting its best round of the year, a 4-under-par 280.

Defending champion Arizona made up a nine-stroke deficit in the final round to win the 16-team event by one shot over second-round co-leader UNLV. San Diego State shared the lead with UNLV heading into the day and dropped to third. Arizona's 12-under-par 272 was the low round of the day.

Kansas State's Ben Kern closed with a 6-under-par 65 and won medalist honors at 14-under-par 199. He became the first player in the tournament's 34-year history to break 200. He won by three shots over first-round leader Henry Liaw from Arizona.

Forest was UCF's highest finisher, tying for 15th. Sonny Nimkhum shot a 1-over-par 72 Sunday and tied for 19th, while Suh made up a lot of ground with his 68 and finished in a tie for 44th after beginning the day tied for 71st.

Kyle Davis finished in a tie 65th and Stefan Wistorf tied for 72nd.

Next up for the Golden Knights is the Conference USA Championship April 24-26 in West Point, Miss.