Knights Impress at First Event of Spring

Feb. 15, 2011

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Competing an event that featured five of the top-50 squads in the country, the UCF men's golf team opened its spring season in strong fashion this past weekend. The Knights placed fifth in the 14-team field at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville.

The Knights, who are ranked 29th nationally, showed great improvement from the fall season, when they played well enough to post two top-five finishes.

"We have improved in every event this year," UCF head coach Bryce Wallor said. "Our guys played very well in Gainesville. This was a very good field with some of the top college programs. We started the spring on a positive note. We are moving in the right direction."

Four UCF golfers posted top-30 finishes, led by freshman Greg Eason, who placed ninth at 3-over 213. The Leicester City, England, native played in all four of the team's fall tournaments, and recorded two top-20 showings. His play this season has certainly impressed Wallor.

"He is a young man who played fantastic this past weekend," Wallor said. "He is really showing how much of a quality player he is."

Nuno Henriques, Brad Schneider and Connor Arendell also finished in the top 30. Along with Eason, the trio of veterans have played in all of the Knights' tournaments in 2010-11. Wallor is pleased that the squad has a strong core of golfers, plus some hungry youngsters fighting for the final spot in the lineup.

"Four guys so far have identified themselves as the best players on the team week in and week out. We have some young guys competing for that last spot, making it a cohesive five."