Competitive Schedule on Tap for Knights in 2011-12

July 28, 2011

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By Doug Richards

2011-12 Schedule in PDF Format

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - A year after claiming its third-consecutive Conference USA Championship, the UCF men's golf team will face another competitive schedule filled with premier tournaments in 2011-12. UCF head coach Bryce Wallor announced the Knights' slate Thursday, and the schedule includes nine regular-season events.

The schedule features five tournaments in Florida, including a pair in the Orlando area. Wallor's squad will again compete in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere from Oct. 23-25. Recognized as the premier tournament in the country, the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational annually includes nearly a dozen top-25 ranked teams. UCF will co-host the event along with Texas Tech.

UCF will also host the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational at the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando March 19-20.

"I think our schedule is built very well," Wallor said. "It gets us in front of a lot of different teams. We'll face some major competition throughout the season. Hopefully that will prepare us for postseason play."

The Knights open the season on Sept. 10 at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill. UCF will then look to defend its title at the Adams Cup of Newport in Middletown, R.I., Sept. 19-20. In 2010, UCF's Greg Eason took medalist honors as the Knights posted an 18-shot victory. After participating at The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Oct. 9-11, UCF will conclude its fall slate at Isleworth.

Four of the team's five spring events are in Florida, starting with the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Feb. 11-12. After playing in the John Hayt Invitational (Feb. 26-28) in Ponte Vedra Beach, and the USF Invitational (March 4-6) in Dade City, the Knights will return home for the tournament at Rio Pinar. UCF has won its home event in each of the last four seasons.

After concluding the regular season at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate in Madison, Miss., April 2-3, UCF will return to Texarkana, Ark., to defend its C-USA title. The conference championship will be held April 22-24.

The Knights have participated in five-straight NCAA Regionals, and will again be seeking a spot in the postseason. The C-USA champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. Regional play starts on May 17, and the NCAA Championship will be held in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 29-June 3.

The Knights return five letterwinners from a year ago, and are led by senior Brad Schneider and Eason. Schneider competed in all 11 of the team's tournaments in 2010-11, and posted three top-20 finishes. The C-USA Freshman of the Year, Eason had seven top-10 performances and led the squad with a 72.2 stroke average. UCF also welcomes three talented newcomers to the team - sophomore transfers Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Joia and freshman McCabe Buege.