Men's Golf Rises to 14th in the Nation

March 19, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) -The UCF men's golf team is continuing its rise in the national polls as the Knights are now ranked 14th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. During the 2008-09 campaign, head coach Nick Clinard's squad has won two championship titles and posted four total top-five finishes.

UCF has not competed since claiming the title at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando on Feb. 24. The Knights finished ahead of 20 squads, including several top-50 programs, at the two-day event. The tournament served as the Knights' second event of the spring.

Freshman Blayne Barber (Lake City, Fla.) won individual medalist honors at Rio Pinar. He concluded play at 12-under 204. He was one of three UCF golfers who finished in the top 10, joining sophomore Jed Dirksen (Hampton, Iowa), who placed third as an individual, and senior David Johnson (Palm Bay, Fla.), who posted a fourth-place showing.

UCF is scheduled to return to action on March 29 at the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C. After the tournament in South Carolina, the Knights will head to Georgia for the Augusta State Invitational on April 4.

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Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Top 25
1. Georgia
2. Oklahoma State
3. Southern Cal
4. Stanford
5. Florida
6. Clemson
7. Georgia Tech
8. Alabama
9. Texas Tech
10. Indiana
11. Washington
12. South Carolina
13. UNLV
14. UCF
15. Illinois
16. Colorado State
17. Texas
18. TCU
19. Arkansas
20. LSU
21. Tennessee
22. Michigan State
23. Wake Forest
24. NC State
25. Ole Miss