With NCAA Regionals on Horizon, Knights Conclude Regular Season

May 6, 2010

By Doug Richards

OCALA, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - With the NCAA Regionals on the horizon, the UCF men's golf team concluded its regular season Thursday with 36 holes of play at the Golden Ocala Invitational. The Knights finished the one-day tournament at the Golden Ocala Golf Club in fourth at 3-over 579.

UCF ended the day just one shot behind 10th-ranked Florida State, as the Seminoles completed the five-team tournament at 2-over 578. Tournament host No. 15 Florida took the title at 31-under 545, followed by No. 21 North Florida (574, -2). USF placed fifth at 25-over 601.

The Knights were competing for the first time since claiming the Conference USA Championship title last week.

Senior Simon Ward (County Monaghan, Ireland) was UCF's top finisher as he tied for eighth at 142 (-2). Sophomores Connor Arendell (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Brad Schneider (Valrico, Fla.) both tied for 15th (145, +1).

Junior Nuno Henriques (Funchal, Portugal) carded a 149 (+5) Thursday to finish 21st. He was followed by senior Devin Spies (Sarasota, Fla.), who placed 22nd (6-over 150). Competing as an individual, freshman Reid Martin (Mukilteo, Wash.) totaled a 9-over 153 and tied for 24th.

Andres Echavarria of Florida took medalist honors. He finished play at 12-under 132.

UCF will return to action on May 20 when NCAA Regional play begins around the country. The squad will learn its regional destination next week.

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Team Standings
1. Florida 272-273=545 (-31)
2. North Florida 288-286=574 (-2)
3. Florida State 284-294=578 (+2)
4. UCF 286-293=579 (+3)
5. USF 303-298=601 (+25)

UCF Individuals
T8. Simon Ward 71-71=142 (-2)
T15. Connor Arendell 74-71=145 (+1)
T15. Brad Schneider 70-75=145 (+1)
21. Nuno Henriques 73-76=149 (+5)
22. Devin Spies 72-78=150 (+6)
T24. Reid Martin 75-78=153 (+9)