Knights Play Well Against Top Field

Sept. 30, 2007

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Facing some of the nation's top squads at the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational, the UCF men's golf team sits in sixth after two rounds at the 12-team tournament. The Knights posted a two-round team total of 582 (+22) on Sunday at the Olympia Fields Country Club.

The field includes defending national champion Stanford, seventh-ranked Oklahoma State and eighth-ranked Florida State. The Knights posted a 294 (+14) to open the tournament, but rebounded in the second round. Head coach Nick Clinard's squad carded a 288 (+8) in the afternoon.

UCF junior David Johnson (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne) is tied for 10th after recording a pair of two-over 72 rounds (144, +4). Senior Chris Anderson (Lake Mary, Fla./Seminole) and freshman Jhared Hack (Sanford, Fla./Circle Christian) are tied for 16th (145, +5).

"David and Chris played well most of the day on a tough U.S. Open golf course in high winds," said Clinard. "Both of them, as well as our other players, need to make more putts in order for us to be one of the top teams in the country."

Olympia Fields has been the site of 16 major championships, including the 2003 U.S. Open.

Oklahoma State paces the field at 567 (+7). The Cowboys' Rickie Fowler is the individual leader (133, -7).

Playing for the first time this fall, UCF sophomore Nuno Henriques (Funchal, Portugal) is tied for 30th after one day of play at 148 (+8). Junior Preston Brown (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) is also in action at the event and posted a 164 (+24) on Sunday.

UCF will conclude the tournament on Monday with 18 holes of golf.

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