Men's Golf Starts Spring with Strong Showing

Feb. 13, 2011

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By Doug Richards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's golf team posted a strong performance at its first event of the spring as the Knights finished fifth Sunday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. UCF concluded the three-round, 14-team tournament at 867 (+27).

During Sunday's final round, UCF registered a 12-over 292. UCF, ranked 29th nationally, was one of five ranked teams competing in Gainesville. Tournament host and third-ranked Florida took the title at 4-over 844, followed by No. 13 Auburn (853, +13), No. 6 LSU (862, +22) and No. 44 North Florida (866, +26).

UCF was led by freshman Greg Eason (Leicester City, England), who placed ninth at 213 (+3). Eason carded a 2-under 70 Sunday. He was one of four UCF golfers who finished in the top-30 individually.

Senior Nuno Henriques (Funchal, Portugal) tied for 19th at 217 (+7). Junior Brad Schneider (Valrico, Fla.) tied for 22nd (218, +8) and fellow junior Connor Arendell (Cape Coral, Fla.) tied for 29th (219, +9). Freshman Hojin Kang (Lake Mary, Fla.) also participated in the tournament, and placed 66th.

UCF finished one stroke ahead of Coastal Carolina (868, +28) and two shots ahead of Florida State (869, +29).

Four players, including three from tournament host Florida, tied for first at 210 (E).

The Knights will return to action on Feb. 27 at the John Hayt Invitational in Jacksonville.

Team Leaders
1. Florida 281-282-281=844 (+4)
2. Auburn 291-278-284=853 (+13)
3. LSU 297-280-288=862 (+22)
4. North Florida 291-288-287=866 (+26)
5. UCF 292-283-292=867 (+27)

UCF Golfers
9. Greg Eason 70-75-68=213 (+3)
T19. Nuno Henriques 75-68-74=217 (+7)
T22. Brad Schneider 76-68-74=218 (+8)
T29. Connor Arendell 71-72-76=219 (+9)
66. Hojin Kang 77-77-79=233 (+23)