Women’s Golf to Host UCF Challenge, Schedule Altered to Start Saturday

by Sam Weisberg

After a successful fall campaign, the UCF women’s golf team will start the spring season hosting the UCF Challenge at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando.  

Due to projected inclement weather Sunday, the start of the tournament has been moved up a day to Saturday, Feb. 3. The teams are slated to begin with a shotgun start at noon.

The second and third rounds of the tournament are set for Monday, Feb. 5 and Tuesday, Feb. 6. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. both days with a shotgun start. The teams will not play Sunday with inclement weather in the forecast.

Eagle Creek Golf Club is a par-73, 7,198 yards championship course that is located near Lake Nona. It has been named one of the best courses in Florida by Travel + Leisure Golf.

Last year, former Knight Anna Nordfors won the UCF individual challenge, recording a score of 195 (-21). Nordfors set the program record for the lowest 18-hole score with a 64 (-8) in the first round of the 2023 edition of the tournament.

The Knights will be hosting Central Arkansas, College of Charleston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Penn State, Texas Tech, UNCW, and Virginia Tech.

During the fall portion of their schedule, UCF recorded a top-four finish in each of its four tournaments. The squad finished first at the Evie Odom Invitational and the Mercedes Benz Intercollegiate, while placing third and fourth at the Landfall Tradition and Cougar Classic, respectively.

The Knights’ starting lineup will feature Jess Baker, Molly Smith, Brittany Shin, Camille Banzet, and Katie Poots. Emma Baier will represent the Black and Gold in the individual competition.

Live scoring is available on Golfstat by clicking here.