Three Knights Earn All-Region Honors

June 4, 2012

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - After leading the UCF men's golf team to one of the finest campaigns in school history, Brad Schneider, Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Joia have been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America with PING All-Southeast Region honors. The trio helped guide the Knights to a superb season that included the program's fifth appearance in the NCAA Championship.

UCF won three tournament titles during the year and spent the entire season in the top 25 nationally, moving to as high as No. 6. The Knights tied for 19th last week at the NCAA Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Schneider capped his stellar UCF career in fine fashion in 2011-12. The senior recorded five top-10 finishes and took medalist honors at the Northern Intercollegiate in the fall. Schneider was selected to the All-Conference USA First Team and was recognized for overcoming a severe leg injury while in high school by receiving the David Toms Award from the GCAA.

A pair of sophomore transfers, Gouveia and Joia both excelled in their first campaigns with the Knights. The C-USA Newcomer of the Year, Gouveia led UCF with a 71.5 stroke average. An All-C-USA First Team pick, he had five top-5 showings and claimed medalist honors at Adams Cup of Newport in the fall.

Joia, who was named to the All-C-USA Second Team, tied for eighth at the NCAA Regionals in Stanford, Calif., in May. He registered six top-10 performances during the year.

Schneider, Gouveia and Joia were among a total of 155 players nationally across six regions who earned GCAA honors.