No. 20 UCF Men's Golf Team Banking on Strong Final Regular Season Showing

March 30, 2012

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By Brandon Naidus

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - After finishing in the top five in each of its previous four tournaments, including a first-place finish at the USF Invitational, the No. 20 UCF men's golf team is heading to Madison, Miss., to play in the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. The two-day tournament will commence with two rounds on Monday and finish with a final round on Tuesday at the Reunion Golf and Country Club.

Ole Miss is hosting the tournament. The Knights are the only nationally-ranked team in the 16-team field consisting of Central Arkansas, Francis Marion, Jackson State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, UNCG, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas-Arlington, UAB, UMKC and Wichita State.

The Knights will utilize the same five golfers they have used for most of the spring season. The squad will be guided by senior Brad Schneider. He finished tied for 12th in 2010 at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate, which led all Knights. Schneider has finished in the top 25 in all but one tournament this season.

Sophomores Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Joia have joined Schneider in the leading the Knights to success this season. Gouveia and Joia finished in the top 10 at the Rio Pinar Invitational, the team's most recent tournament. Gouveia paces the team in average strokes, par or better rounds and top 20 finishes. Joia leads the squad in top 10 finishes and his 65 in the first round at the USF Invitational is the best round of any Knight this season.

The team is hoping sophomore Greg Eason can repeat his success from last year's BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. He tied for ninth and helped the Knights finish the tournament in fourth place. Sophomore Kyle Wilshire will be making his BancorpSouth Intercollegiate debut.

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Last year's tournament was shortened to two rounds due to inclement weather and South Alabama finished in first. This will be the Knights' third appearance at the tournament.