Eroshenko Records Career Best, Knights Conclude Action at Gators Invitational

by Justin Wilson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After putting together two of the best rounds of his career on Friday, UCF men’s golfer Egor Eroshenko carried that momentum over to Saturday. The senior finished fourth on the player leaderboard in the Vystar Credit Union Gators Invitational with a career low 203 (-7) to lead the Knights.

Eroshenko was one of just five players to shot under par in all three rounds, as he logged a 68 (-2) in the opening round, a 66 (-4) in the second round and a 69 (-1) in the final round. The performance marked the highest finish of the Russian’s career and the first time he’s been under par each round.

He was one of four players to tally an eagle in the third round with his approach shot to the green dropping in on his third stroke of a par 5. Eroshenko completed the invitational with the best par 5 average of any player in the field at 4.11 (-8).

As a team, the Knights finished seventh among the stacked field of teams with an 852 (+12), highlighted by a four over in Saturday’s final round to jump four spots from the conclusion of the second round. Florida’s A and B teams claimed first and second with an 814 (-26) and an 817 (-23), respectively, while North Florida was third at -13 (827).

UCF ended ahead of several other prominent programs, including Big 12 Conference foe West Virginia (12th, +21), Kentucky (T8th, +15), Nebraska (14th, +30) and Penn State (15th, +31).

Sophomore Chase Haygood made a huge jump on the player leaderboard in the third round thanks to a one-under-par 69. He ended the tournament with a 215 (+5), leaping 23 spots on the final day to finish tied for 35th. Haygood had five birdies on the day.

Hans Risvaer, a freshman from Miami, carded a three-round score of 218 (+8) to finish tied for 45th on the player leaderboard. He closed out his day with a birdie on hole No. 12 and was four over on Saturday.

Transfer Gustav Andersson tallied a 72 (+2) in Saturday's final round, his best round of the tournament, to finish with a 220 (+10). Cooper Tate rounded out the lineup for UCF with a 224 (+14) after firing a 76 in the third round.

The Knights return to action at The Hayt held Saturday, March 9 through Monday, March 11 at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.