Men's Golf Records Strong Showing Out West

Oct. 14, 2008

P>Oct. 14, 2008

LA QUINTA, Calif. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's golf team recorded a strong showing at The Prestige at PGA WEST, finishing fourth at the 16-squad event Tuesday at the Greg Norman Course. Led by a third-place performance from senior David Johnson (Palm Bay, Fla.), the Knights finished ahead of six of the top-30 ranked teams in the nation.

UCF posted a four-under 284 during Tuesday's final round. The Knights concluded the tournament seven strokes ahead of fourth-ranked Washington (889, +25). The Huskies placed fifth. No. 12 Stanford finished just ahead of the Knights in third at 879 (+15).

Johnson carded a four-under 68 in the final round to finish at 211 (-5). He finished just a stroke behind TCU's Johan de Beer and UC Davis' Nate Pistachio, who shared medalist honors at six-under 210.

Junior Simon Ward (County Monaghan, Ireland) also registered a top-15 finish for UCF. He totaled a one-under 71 Tuesday and completed the event tied for 11th (220, +4).

TCU (861, -3) won the team title, followed by host UC Davis (871, +7).

Playing in his first event of the season, junior Mike Stern (Miami, Fla.) tied for 38th at 229 (+13). Senior Greg Forest (Palm City, Fla.) tied for 49th (230, +14), as did redshirt freshman Brad Schneider (Valrico, Fla.). On the final 18 holes, Schneider carded a one-under 71.

Play at the three-round event began Monday.

A year ago, UCF finished third at the tournament. Johnson posted a sixth-place finish in the individual standings at 213 (-3).

Starting Oct. 26, the Knights will host the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational. Recognized as one of the top tournaments in the country, the three-day event will be held at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club. The 2008 edition will serve as the tournament's fifth installment.

For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.

Final Tournament Standings
1 TCU (861, -3)
2 UC Davis (871, -7)
3 Stanford (879, +15)
4 UCF (882, +18)
5 Washington (889, +25)
6 Pepperdine (896, +32)
7 California (897, +33)
T8 Northwestern (900, +36)
T8 Michigan State (900, +36)
10 Notre Dame (901, +37)
11 Colorado (905, +41)
12 Michigan (908, +44)
13 Kentucky (910, +46)
14 Florida Southern (912, +48)
15 Pacific (921, +57)
16 Rice (926, +62)

UCF Results
3 David Johnson 76-67-68=211 (-5)
T11 Simon Ward 78-71-71=220 (+4)
T38 Mike Stern 76-79-74=229 (+13)
T49 Greg Forest 73-83-74=230 (+14)
T49 Brad Schneider 81-78-71=230 (+14)