Second Day Surge Lands No. 20 UCF Men's Golf in Second at C-USA Championship

April 23, 2012

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By Brandon Naidus

TEXARKANA, Ark. (UCFAthletics.com) - A season-best round of 68 (-4) for sophomore Greg Eason helped the No. 20 UCF men's golf team surge up the leaderboard on Monday at the Conference USA Championship. With one round left, the Knights have a 574 (-2) at the Texarkana Country Club, putting them three strokes behind first-place Memphis. The Knights' 284 (-4) second round was three-strokes better than any other team's second round performance.

Eason's strong play has vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard. He currently shares the lead with Houston's Roman Robledo. Like yesterday, a strong back nine of 33 (-3) that included four birdies was key to Eason's solid performance.

Sophomore Ricardo Gouveia's 71 (-1) helped boost him from a tie for 10th to a tie for seventh. With a 72 (E), sophomore Kyle Wilshire has now posted the same score in four-consecutive rounds at the C-USA Championship. Wilshire is in sole possession of 10th place.

Showing improvement from yesterday were senior Brad Schneider and sophomore Jose Joia. Schneider's 73 (+1) moved him into the top 25, while a 74 (+2) marked a two-stroke improvement for Joia.

Last year, the Knights were in third place and trailed first place by five strokes heading into the final round. The squad is seeking its fourth-consecutive C-USA title.

Tee-time is set for 8 a.m. tomorrow and fans can follow the action live on golfstat.com.

Conference USA Championship - Monday Second Round - Par 72
Team Leaderboard
1) Memphis -5 (282-289--571)
2) No. 20 UCF -2 (290-284--574)
3) East Carolina +6 (295-287--582)
4) UAB +7 (292-291--583)
5) SMU +10 (284-300--584)

Individual Leaderboard
T1) Greg Eason (UCF) -6 (70-68--138)
T1) Roman Robledo (Houston) -6 (70-68--138)
T3) Jack Belote (Memphis) -5 (68-71--139)
T3) Martin Simonsen (UTEP) -5 (72-67--139)
5) Max Buckley (SMU) -4 (68-72--140)

UCF's Golfers
T1) Greg Eason -6 (70-68--138)
T7) Ricardo Gouveia -1 (72-71--143)
10) Kyle Wilshire E (72-72--144)
T25) Brad Schneider +5 (76-73--149)
T31) Jose Joia +6 (76-74--150)