ith several exci ng academic programs to choose from, a breathtaking campus and na onally-recognized athle cs facili es, UCF oﬀers a college experience unlike any other.
And the men’s golf program has always helped to lead the way. Here’s the simple rundown of what the program has accomplished since 1979.
- In 32 seasons, the Knights have won the conference championship eight mes and made 15 NCAA tournament appearances.
2011-12 Men’s Golf Yearbook
Table of Contents/Quick Facts ..................................... 1 Team Roster/2011-12 Schedule ................................... 2 Head Coach Bryce Wallor ............................................ 3 Assistant Coach Bill Rankin/Team Photo ..................... 4 Player Bios ................................................................5-8 Golf Records ...........................................................9-10
- UCF par cipates in and hosts the most pres geous collegiate golf event in the country, the Isleworth Collegiate Invita onal in Windermere, Fla. - The program annually hosts the Rio Pinar Invita onal and has won the tournament tle for three-consecu ve years. - UCF is home to one of the top training facilia es in the na on in the UCF Golf Prac ce Facility.
Golf History................................................................ 11 Knights’ FaciliƟes ..................................................12-13
- The UCF Prac ce Facility features hi ng bays and a state-of-the-art video system to analyze each player’s swing, as well as a six-acre short-game area, plus a driving range. UCF’s Conference Championships (8) Sunshine State (2) 1979-80, 1980 - 81 AtlanƟc Sun (3) 1994-95, 1995 - 96, 2003-04 Conference USA (3) 2008-09, 2009-10 , 2010-11 UCF’s NCAA Tournaments (15) 1984 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1994 1995 - 1996 - 2004 - 2005 - 2007 - 2008 2009 - 2010 - 2011
CREDITS The 2011-12 UCF men’s golf yearbook was wri en and edited by Brandon Naidus. Editorial assistance provided by Doug Richards. Photography courtesy of Todd Drexler (UCFphotos. com) and UCF archives.
QUICK FACTS GENERAL INFORMATION Loca on ................. Orlando, Fla. 32816 Founded ....................................... 1963 Enrollment ................................. 58,587 Nickname ..................................Knights Colors ...............................Black & Gold Aﬃlia on ......................NCAA Division I Conference .................Conference USA President .......................Dr. John C. Hi Interim Athle cs Director .......Al Harms
TEAM INFORMATION Head Coach ............. Bryce Wallor (3rd) Alma Mater........... Rhode Island (1998) Associate Coach............... Bill Rankin (1st) Alma Mater.....................Michigan (2009) ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS Associate Director ......... Doug Richards Oﬃce Phone .................(407) 823-2142 E-Mail .......drichards@athle cs.ucf.edu
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2011-12 Schedule Date
9.10 - 9.11
Sugar Grove, Ill.
9.19 - 9.20
Adam’s Cup of Newport
10.9 - 10.11
The PresƟge at PGA WEST
La Quinta, Calif.
10.23 - 10.25
Isleworth Collegiate InvitaƟonal
2.11 - 2.12
2.26 - 2.28
John Hayt InvitaƟonal
Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.
3.4 - 3.6
3.19 - 3.20
UCF Rio Pinar InvitaƟonal
4.2 - 4.3
4.22 - 4.24
Conference USA Championship
5.17 - 5.19
5.29 - 6.3
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Knights Roster Name McCabe Buege Greg Eason Ricardo Gouveia Jose Joia Hojin Kang Reid Mar n Brad Schneider Kyle Wilshire
Ht. 6-1 6-2 5-10 5-6 6-1 6-4 5-6 5-10
Wt. 170 220 160 145 170 265 150 180
Year FR SO SO SO SO JR SR SO
Hometown/Last School Rogers, Minn./ Rogers Leicester City, England/ Stephenson College Almancil, Portugal/ Lynn Lagoa, Portugal/ Lynn Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Mukilteo, Wash./ Kamiak Valrico, Fla./ Bloomingdale Georgetown, Ky./ Sco County
Head Coach: Bryce Wallor (Rhode Island, 1998) - Third season at UCF Assistant Coach: Bill Rankin (Michigan, 2009) - First season at UCF
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Bryce Wallor Head Coach - Third Season with the Knights In two seasons as the men’s golf head coach at UCF, Bryce Wallor has guided a program that is clearly among the best in the country. Since taking the helm of the program on July 23, 2009, he has led the Knights to two Conference USA Championship tles and a pair of berths in the NCAA Regionals. Wallor’s team shined in 2010-11, winning three tournament tles, including the crown at the C-USA Championship in Texarkana, Ark. The Knights competed in 11 events, and posted seven total top-five finishes. UCF enjoyed success from the start of the campaign, taking the tle at its second tournament of the year, the Adams Cup of Newport in Rhode Island. In addi on to the league championship, the Knights also finished first at the Rio Pinar Invita onal in Orlando during the spring. As a result of claiming the C-USA tle, the Knights received the league’s automa c berth to the NCAA Regionals. The Knights earned the No. 6 seed at the regional in nearby Ocala. UCF was led by an impressive rookie and a talented veteran during the year. Wallor helped Greg Eason develop into one of the top young golfers in the na on. The C-USA Freshman of the Year, Eason played in all 11 tournaments and had seven top-10 showings. Connor Arendell, one of two juniors on the Knights in 2010-11, was selected to the All-CUSA First Team. Arendell recorded eight top-20 finishes. Wallor’s first campaign at UCF was a success in 2009-10. His team, which featured several new contributors, came together at the right me, playing its best golf at the end of the 2009-10 season. The Knights won their home tournament in March, posted a domina ng performance in winning the Conference USA Championship tle and concluded the year with a strong showing at the NCAA Regionals in Santee, Calif.
In 2008-09, the Vols recorded five top-three finishes. The team concluded the year ranked 11th in the Golfstat NCAA Head-to-Head Standings. A er the 2007-08 campaign, he was selected as a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award, which is presented to the top assistant coach in the na on by the Golf Coaches Associa on of America. In 2009, Wallor was a semifinalist for the award. From 2000-02, Wallor served as the head coach at Connec cut, where he helped the Huskies improve 47 spots in the na onal polls. He also worked as an assistant coach at Davidson from 1999-00. Before star ng his coaching career, Wallor was the director of golf instruc on at the Narraganse Country Club in Narraganse , R.I., and the Highland Ridge Golf Center in Mansfield, Conn. Addi onally, he served as the teaching professional at the Dana Radar Golf Ins tute in Charlo e, N.C., and as an assistant professional at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando. Wallor also spent me as a sales representa ve for the Golfers’ Warehouse in Cranston, R.I. Wallor was a student-athlete at Rhode Island from 1993-98, helping the Rams qualify for the NCAA East Regionals four mes. He was team captain as a senior and took medalist honors at the 1997 Bob Toski Invita onal. Wallor, who worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Rhode Island in 2002-03, graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in communica ons in 1998.
2010-11 Season Highlights • Knights claimed the tle at the Conference USA Championship, recieving an automa c bid to the NCAA Regionals. • Wallor was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year. • Coached Conference USA Freshman of the Year Greg Eason • Two Knights - Connor Arendell and Greg Eason - were named to the All-Conference USA First Team. • Led the team to first-place finishes at the Adams Cup of Newport, UCF Rio Pinar Invita onal and Conference USA Championship.
A er concluding his collegiate career, Wallor won the 2002 Rhode Island State Open and competed on the 2003 New England Professional Golf Tour.
Wallor took over the helm of the UCF program a er five successful seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee. During his me with the Volunteers, Wallor helped the program make five trips to the NCAA Regionals, with the squad advancing to the NCAA Championship on three occasions. In 2009, the Vols placed second at the NCAA Northeast Regional and then finished 12th at the NCAA Championship. In July 2008, Wallor was promoted to Tennessee’s director of instruc on/player development by head coach Jim Kelson. Tennessee claimed eight tournament championships during Wallor’s tenure, including the Southeastern Conference tle in 2007.
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Bill Rankin Assistant Coach - First Season with the Knights Bill Rankin joined Bryce Wallor’s staff as an assistant coach at UCF in July 2011. A former collegiate standout at Michigan, Rankin joined the Knights after spending the last two years playing professionally. Rankin played at Michigan from 2005-09. As a senior, he was co-captain of a squad that recorded the best season in school history, tying for third at the NCAA Championship. A native of Traverse City, Mich., Rankin competed in 44 events as a Wolverine, and registered 21 top-30 finishes. Before turning pro in 2010, Rankin was ranked as high as No. 114 in the World Amateur Rankings. He played in the 2007 and 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship, advanced to the round of 32 at the 2008 British Amateur and advanced to U.S. Open sectionals in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. After concluding his college eligibility, Rankin worked as an undergraduate assistant at Michigan in 2009, assisting with practice organization and the management of the Wolverine Intercollegiate. In 2010, Rankin participated in pre-qualifying and then the first stage of the PGA TOUR Q-School. Rankin graduated from Michigan in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Pictured Left to Right: Bill Rankin, Brad Schneider, Jose Joia, McCabe Buege, Greg Eason, Reid Martin, Hojin Kang, Ricardo Gouveia, Kyle Wilshire and Bryce Wallor. 4
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Brad Schneider Sr. • 5-6 • 150 • Valrico, Fla./Bloomingdale As a Junior (2010-11)
As a Redshirt Freshman (2008-09)
• Appeared in all 11 of the team’s tournaments • Recorded a 73.9 stroke average and posted three top-20 finishes • Tied for 29th at the NCAA Regionals in Ocala,
• Named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team and the all-conference second team • Placed second at 200 (-13) as the Knights won the NCAA Regional title in Sorrento, Fla.; in the third round posted an 8-under 63 • Helped UCF claim the Conference USA Championship title, tying for 24th in Sorrento, Fla.; carded a 1-under 71 in the first round • Tied for 11th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C.; in the second round, posted a 4-under 68 • Tied for 18th as the Knights claimed the title at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, recording a 218 (+2) • Finished third as the Knights claimed the team title at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate in Sapphire, N.C.; recorded a 139 (-3) at the two-round tournament • Made collegiate debut at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga., and tied for 56th at 225 (+9)
Fla. • Tied for seventh at the Conference USA Championship in Texarkana, Ark., with 1-under 215, helping the Knights to third-straight C-USA Championship title • At the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla., tied for 13th at 214 (-2) • Tied for 22nd at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., recording a 218 (+8) at the par-70 event • At the Adams Cup of Newport in Middletown, R.I., tied for 21st (225, +9) • Tied for sixth at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind., finishing at 217 (+4)
As a Sophomore (2009-10) • Earned a spot on the All-Conference USA Second Team • Played in all 12 events • Recorded a 73.5 stroke average, the second-best mark on the squad • Had 10 rounds of par or better and posted four top-10 finishes • At the NCAA Regionals in Santee, Calif., tied for 18th at 222 (+6) • Helped lead the Knights to their second-straight C-USA Championship in Sorrento, Fla. • Tied for second at the tournament at 2-under 214 • At the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C., tied for 10th (211, -2) • Guided UCF to the team title at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando by finishing second at 5-under 211 • Tied for 10th at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind., recording a 217 (+4)
Prior to UCF • Earned Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County First Team honors as a senior • Finished second at the Florida Class 2A-District 11 Tournament • An All-Western Conference First Team selection • As a junior, finished third in the district and sixth in the region • Posted a ninth-place finish at the state championship • Named the county golfer of the year as a sophomore • Finished second in the district, second in the region and 16th in the state as a sophomore • A two-time United States Junior Championship qualifier
Personal • Born in Brandon, Fla. • Son of Jim and Becky Schneider • Majoring in Finance
Reid Martin Jr. • 6-4 • 265 • Mukilito, Wash./Kamiak As a Sophomore (2010-11) • Played in six events during the campaign • Participated as an invidual at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla., finishing at 207 (-9) • Participated in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla. • Competed at the Prestige at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. • Tied for fourth at the Adams Cup of Newport in Middletown, R.I., recording a 219 (+3)
As a Freshman (2009-10) • Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team • Played in seven events during the campaign • Competed at the C-USA Championship in Sorrento, Fla., helping UCF claim the team title • Tied for sixth as UCF won the championship at the Rio Pinar Invitational • Concluded the tournament at 1-under 215 • Participated in the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. • Competed in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla.
• Was also a member of the United States team that participated in an event in Scotland in 2007 • Won the International Junior Golf Tour Western Mid-Season Championship and the Future Collegians World Tour La Cantera Open in 2008 • Finished sixth at the 2008 Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship • As a junior, took the title at the Washington Class 4A championship • Led Kamiak to state team title • Named a Seatle Post-Intelligencer State All-Star • Won a pair of events in 2008 on the Northwest Junior Golf Tour • Was the FCWT national champion in 2007 and 2004 • Earned FCWT All-America First Team honors in 2007 and second team recognition in 2006
Personal • Born in Edmonds, Wash. • Son of Ken and Renee Martin • Majoring in Sports and Fitness
Prior to UCF • Was an all-conference selection all four years in high school • Competed for the United States at the 2008 Honda International Junior Golf
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Greg Eason So. • 6-2 • 200 • Leicester City, England/Stephenson College lege As a Freshman (2010-11)
• Tied for 11th with a 5-over 221 at the Isleworth Collegiate Inivtational in Wind• Selected as the Conference USA Freshman of the ermere, Fla. Year • Also named to the All-C-USA Second Team, and the • Claimed medalist and Conference USA Player of the week honors at the Adams Cup of Newport in Middletown,R.I., concluding the event at 2- under 214 league all-freshman squad • Led the team with a 72.2 stroke average Prior to UCF • Played in all 11 events, recording seven top-10 finishes • Played on England’s squad at the 2010 European Boys’ Team Championship in • At the NCAA Regionals in Ocala, Fla., tied for 17th at 2-under 214 Turkey • Finished second at the C-USA Championship in Texarkana, Ark., at 6-under • Participated with England at the Boys’ Home Internationals in 2010 • Claimed the 2010 Leicesterhire County Amateur Matchplay title 210, helping UCF claim its third-straight title • In 2010, finished second at the Darwin Salver and third at the Peter McEvoy • Tied for ninth at the BancorpSouth Collegiate Invitational in Madison, Miss. Trophy • Earned his fourth C-USA Player of the Week honor after tying for third at the • Advanced to the third round of the 2009 British Boys’ Amateur Championship Rio Pinar in Orlando, finished the event at 207 (-9) • Finished second at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla., with 9-under 207 • Earned C-USA Player of the Week honors after performance at the SunTrust GaPersonal tor Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., placed 9th in the 70-par event at 213 (+3) • Born in Leicester City, England • Made collegiate debut at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind. • Son of Paul and Julie Eason • Majoring in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications
Ricardo Gouveia So. • 5-10 • 160 • Almancil, Portugal/Lynn Prior to UCF • Earned NCAA Division II Ping All-America First Team honors in 2010-11 after freshman season at Lynn • Received the Phil Mickelson Award, presented to the most outstanding freshman in Division II golf • Named to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman Team • Selected as the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year and also earned all-league first team honors • Led Lynn to a second-place finish at hte NCAA Division II Championship, tying for third during stroke play • Finished first at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional • Won the crown at the Rollins College Invitational
Personal • Majoring in Economics
Jose Joia So. • 5-6 • 145 • Lagoa, Portugal/Lynn Prior to UCF • Competed in 2010-11 as a freshman at Lynn, and earned NCAA Division II Ping All-America First Team honors • Helped Lynn finish second at the NCAA Division II Championship, tying for 11th during stroke play • Named to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman Team • Garnered All-Sunshine State Conference First Team honors • Took medalist honors at the NSU Shark Invitational • Recorded six top-10 showings as a freshman • In 2010, placed fourth at the Finnish Amateur and also participated in the European Team Championship
Personal • Majoring in Business
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Hojin Kang So. • 6-1 • 170 • Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary As a Freshman (2010-11) • Participated as an individual at the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla. • Participated in the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. • Made collegiate debut at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind.
Prior to UCF • Ranked as one of the top-200 players in the country by the Junior Golf Scoreboard • After senior season at Lake Mary, earned Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Second Team honors • Finished third at the Rio Pinar Country Club Tournament in 2009 in Orlando • Tied for 29th at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden, N.C., in 2009
• Tied for 29th at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden, N.C., in 2009 • Tied for second in the Orange County National in Orlando in 2009 • Competed in the 2009 Boys Junior Championship in West Palm Beach • Named to the Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida First Team in 2008 • Awarded Golfer of the Year honors for Seminole County in 2008 • Finished as runner-up at the Florida Class 2A state championship
Personal • Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies
Kyle Wilshire So • 5-10 • 180 • Georgetown, Ky./Scott County As a Freshman (2010-11) • Played in four events, including the NCAA Regionals in Ocala, Fla. • Competed at the Conference USA Championship in Texarkana, Ark., helping the Knights to thirdstraight C-USA Championship title • Tied for 18th at the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla., recording a 216 even •Made collegiate debut at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind., tied for 32nd at 225 (+12).
• Claimed the 2010 Kentucky Junior Amateur Championship • Placed in the top-20 with lowest score at the Kentucky High School Regional in 2009 • Finished third at the 2009 Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament • Posted an 11th-place showing at the Kearney Hill Golf Links in 2009 • Finished eighth at the 2008 Kentucky Junior Amateur • Was an individual qualifier at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in 2008 • Tied for third at the Junior All-Star at Petersburg in 2008 • Finished first at the Kearney Hill Golf Links in 2007
Prior to UCF • Listed as one of the top-110 golfers in the country by the Junior Golf Scoreboard • Claimed the 2010 Kentucky Junior Amateur Championship
• Majoring in Business
McCabe Buege Fr. • 6-1 • 170 • Rogers, Minn./Rogers Prior to UCF • Garnered three all-state honors at Rogers High School in Rogers, Minn. • Earned five all-conference honors and four all-conference academic accolades • Led Rogers to the state title in 2011, finishing second individually • As a junior, Rogers finished second in the state while he picked up a second-place showing individually • Tied for ninth at the Minnesota State Open in 2011 • Named the 2010 Minnesota Golf Association Junior Boys’ Player of the Year • Qualified for the Junior PGA Championship in 2010 after taking first at the PGA Junior Series at Yahara Hills • Tied for 20th during stroke play at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship • Tied for eighth at the 2010 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship
Personal • Born in Rogers, Minn. • Son of Joe and Dino • Majoring in Business
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UCF Golf History 1979-80 Sunshine State Conference Champions Gerry Gergley started the men’s golf program and the squad won the inaugural Sunshine State Conference tournament tle. Wes Fisher, Doug Snoap and Brad Estes were named to the Sunshine State AllConference Team. Estes and Snoap ed for 47th as individuals at the NCAA Championship. 1980-81 Sunshine State Conference Champions Under the direc on of Wayne Mendel, the team won the Sunshine State Conference tle for the secondconsecu ve year. Brad Estes earned medalist honors. Estes, Joe Foguth and Doug Snoap were named to the Sunshine State All-Conference Team. Estes and Snoap ed for 72nd at the NCAA Championship. 1981-82 John DiMarco and Brad Estes were named to the Sunshine State All-Conference Tournament Team. 1982-83 Joe Foguth led the UCF charge and earned medalist honors when the Knights won the team tle at the Ha er Challenge in DeBary. 1983-84 Division II NCAA Championship John Reeves won Sunshine State Conference tournament medalist honors and was named to the all-conference team. In its final year in Division II, the team made its first trip to the NCAA Championship and placed sixth. Joe Regner finished 11th in the individual standings. 1984-85 In its first year in Division I, UCF registered one win on the season at the Embry-Riddle Intercollegiate in Daytona Beach. 1985-86 John Weiss won two tournaments during the year the Florida State Intercollegiate Championships in Tallahassee and the UCF Invita onal in Orlando. Malcolm Joseph and the Knights parƟcipated in the 1990 NCAA Championship.
1986-87 UCF won its own tournament when it claimed top honors at the UCF Spring Classic in Orlando. 1987-88 In 1987-88, UCF won the Florida State Intercollegiate Championship for the first me, while Joe Regner won two tournaments and Andrew Rice won one. Regner claimed the Pepsi-Budweiser USF Classic in Tampa and the UCF Golf Classic. Rice was victorious at the Florida Fun-N-Sun Intercollegiate in Miami. 1988-89 NCAA East Regional Under the direc on of Dale Wilson, UCF won once and finished in the top five nine mes in 10 events en route to its first Division I appearance in the NCAA Regional. The team advanced to the east regional in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA Championship. 1989-90 NCAA East Regional NCAA Championship The Knights won six tournaments, including five straight, and advanced to the NCAA East Regional for the second-consecu ve season. Ul mately, UCF advanced past the NCAA East Regional and into the NCAA Championship, where it finished 21st. The team peaked at No. 6 in the na onal rankings and was voted the na on’s most improved team. Malcolm Joseph ed for 49th at the NCAA Championship. Andrew Rice was named a GCAA All-American Scholar and Cliﬀ Kresge was named a second-team All-American. 1990-91 NCAA East Regional NCAA Championship Mike Shumaker became the fi h coach of the golf program, taking over for an ailing Dale Wilson. UCF won three tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second year in a row and finished 12th. Andrew Rice won one tournament and was named a second team All-American along with Malcolm Joseph. Rice was also named a GCAA AllAmerican Scholar. 1991-92 NCAA East Regional NCAA Championship Under second-year coach Mike Shumaker, the UCF tradi on of success con nued with a third trip to the NCAA Championship and 15th-place finish. Hans Strom-Olsen picked up three wins on the year and was named second-team All-American. Robert Damron won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and earned honorable-men on All-America honors. He was runner-up in ballo ng for na onal freshman of the year honors. 1992-93 The Knights won the Florida State Intercollegiate Championship tle for the fourth me in six years. Robert Damron took first at the pres gious John Hancock All-America Classic, an invita on-only event for top collegians, and qualified along with Hans Strom-Olsen for the NCAA East Regional as individual par cipants. Damron earned honorable-men on AllAmerica honors for a second me. 1993-94 NCAA East Regional The Knights claimed two tournament tles and qualified for the NCAA East Regional. Robert Damron earned All-Atlan c Sun honors and was named an honorable men on All-America for the third consecu ve year. Following the season, Damron
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During his career Andrew Rice won three tournament Ɵtles. announced he would forego his senior year in order to turn pro. The campaign marked UCF’s first year as a member of the A-Sun. 1994-95 AtlanƟc Sun Champions NCAA East Regional A new trophy was added to the case as UCF won the Atlan c Sun Championship for the first me, earning a spot in the NCAA East Regional. Jason Opal and Trey Sones earned All-Atlan c Sun honors and Mike Shumaker won A-Sun Coach of the Year honors. 1995-96 AtlanƟc Sun Champions NCAA East Regional UCF won its second Atlan c Sun Championship and Jason Opal garnered medalist honors. Opal, Eric Tuscan and Jeﬀ Brunell earned All-A-Sun honors. Mike Shumaker was named A-Sun Coach of the Year for the second-consecu ve year. 1996-97 Kipp Minter became the sixth coach in UCF men’s golf history and led the Knights to two tournament wins. Jason Opal, Jeﬀ Brunell and Simon Sainz earned AllAtlan c Sun honors. 1997-98 Jeﬀ McPherson won the tournament tle at the Ron Smith Invita onal in Tampa. 1998-99 Adam Hayes and Kris an Svalheim earned secondteam All-Atlan c Sun honors. Hayes ed the school record of 65 for lowest 18 holes by matching the mark at the Na on’s Bank Gator Invita onal in Gainesville. The Knights recorded top-10 finishes in six of the 11 events that they competed in. 1999-00 Brian Craig was named the seventh coach in program history. Despite a rocky start, UCF ba led back with a strong showing in the spring and finished fourth at the Atlan c Sun Championship. 2000-01 With a young team of 17 players, Brian Craig led UCF from 10 bo om-half finishes to second place in the
UCF Golf History Atlan c Sun Championship. Freshman Andy Hollis was named the conference freshman of the year, while teammates Jordan Dempsey and Kevin Kahle also garnered all-freshman team honors. 2001-02 Nick Clinard was named the eighth coach in UCF history. Under the leadership of Clinard, UCF finished fourth in the Atlan c Sun Championship. Freshman Andreas Hoegberg had an outstanding season and was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Ben Osbrach earned GCAA All-America Scholar honors. 2002-03 Freshman Stefan Wistorf captured medalist honors to become just the third player in school history to win the conference tle. Wistorf’s three-day total of 203 was the lowest three-round total in Atlan c Sun history. UCF finished third as a team at the conference championship and Wistorf was named to the A-Sun First Team. Fellow freshman Sonny Nimkhum was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. 2003-04 AtlanƟc Sun Champions NCAA West Regional A return to NCAA postseason play for the first me since 1996 was the reward for two wins and seven top-three finishes in 13 events. UCF earned a spot in the NCAA West Regional and narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA Finals. UCF picked up wins at the Birkdale Collegiate Classic and the Atlan c Sun Conference Championship. Individually, Barry Roof was named the A-Sun’s Golfer of the Year and earned all-southeast region honors as well. Nick Clinard was named the A-Sun Coach of the Year. He also had the dis nc on of signing the highest-rated recrui ng class in the country in 2004 according to the Na onal Junior Golf Scoreboard. 2004-05 NCAA East Regional A strong year on the course culminated in a secondconsecu ve trip to an NCAA Regional for the Knights. UCF picked up one win on the year when it claimed the top spot on its home course at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate. Senior Andreas Hoegberg made it a clean sweep when he won a playoﬀ to capture medalist honors. Hoegberg earned first-team allconference honors in the Atlan c Sun, was named a GCAA All-America Scholar and also earned allsoutheast region honors. Hoegberg was not the only player to have a successful year in the classroom as every member of the team earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors. Ben Leong and Giwon Suh were named to the A-Sun’s All-Freshman Team. In the fall, the Knights hosted the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invita onal at the Isleworth Country Club in nearby Windermere for the first me. Sixteen squads competed in the three-day tournament. 2005-06 UCF posted a strong spring campaign during the 2005-06 season. Head coach Nick Clinard’s squad finished the fall season ranked 79th by Golfstat and charged all the way to 48th by the end of the spring season, which culminated with a runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championship. Sonny Nimkhum did not qualify for any events in the fall, but wound up leading the team with a 72.95 stroke average by season’s end and qualified as an individual for the NCAA East Regional, which was held at Lake Nona in Orlando. Newcomers Kyle Davis (74.6) and Greg Forest (74.96) had strong rookie campaigns and earned spots on the C-USA All-Freshman Team. The season served as the Knights first campaign in the conference. In the fall, the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invita onal field expanded to 18 teams.
2006-07 NCAA East Regional A strong fall campaign helped the Knights receive an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional. UCF opened the year with three impressive performances. A er compe ng against Japanese and American college squads at the Topy Cup in Japan in early September, the Knights finished fourth at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and third at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. As a result of its strong start, the team moved to No. 24 in Golfstat’s na onal rankings on Oct. 11. In the spring, UCF finished fourth at both the John Hayt Collegiate Invita onal and the Hoo e at Bulls Bay. Following the Conference USA Championship, Nuno Henriques earned a spot on the league’s all-freshman squad. The Knights were invited to the NCAA East Regional in Alphare a, Ga., and finished 13th out of 27 squads. UCF concluded the year ranked 39th in the Golfstat poll. Following the season, Giwon Suh was selected as a GCAA AllAmerica Scholar. 2007-08 NCAA West Regional The Knights spent the majority of the campaign in the top 25 of the na onal rankings. The squad entered the top 25 in late October and rose to 17th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 19th in the Golfstat rankings in February. UCF won a pair of events - the Rio Pinar Invita onal in Orlando (February) and the UK Bluegrass Invita onal in Lexington, Ky. (April). Greg Forest and Mike Stern shared medalist honors at the Rio Pinar Invita onal. David Johnson was named the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year and was joined on the all-conference first team by Forest. Four Knights earned C-USA Player of the Week honors during the campaign. UCF received an invita on to the NCAA West Regional in Alphare a, Ga., and earned the ninth seed in Bremerton, Wash. 2008-09 Conference USA Champions NCAA Championship The Knights cemented one of the most impressive seasons in school history when they took the tle at the NCAA Regional in Sorrento, Fla. The team finished at 18-under 818, 11 shots ahead of top-ranked Georgia, Arizona and South Carolina, who ed for second. The Knights ed for 10th out of 30 squads at the NCAA Championship in Toledo, Ohio. The showing was the best in school history. The Knights claimed the crown at the Conference USA Championship where Simon Ward earned medalist honors. For the second-consecu ve season, the Knights claimed the Rio Pinar Invita onal tle. The team also finished first at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate in North Carolina. The Knights finished in the top-five in nine of its 13 tournaments during the year. UCF spent nearly the en re season ranked in the top-25 na onally.
The squad concluded the year ranked 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Blayne Barber was selected as the C-USA Golfer and Freshman of the Year. He also earned a spot on the PING AllAmerica Second Team. Nick Clinard was named the C-USA Coach of the Year. 2009-10 Conference USA Champions NCAA Regional During head coach Bryce Wallor’s first season with the Knights, UCF claimed the Conference USA tle in Sorrento, Fla., and received the league’s automa c bid to the NCAA Regionals. The Knights finished the 11-team conference event at 6-under 858, 18 shots ahead of Rice and Southern Miss. who ed for second. Junior Nuno Henriques and sophomore Brad Schneider both ed for second individually pos ng a 214 (-2). The Knights earned the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Regionals in Santee, Calif., and finished sixth out of 13 squads in the tournament. The squad claimed the program’s third-consecu ve tle at their home event, the Rio Pinar Invita onal in Orlando at 850 (-14), 19 strokes ahead of second-place Charlo e. Four Knights finished the Rio Pinar in the top-10 individually. Henriques and Schneider were named to the All-C-USA Second Team, and Reid Mar n was a conference all-freshman team selec on. 2010-11 Conference USA Champions NCAA Regional The Knights claimed their thrid-consecu ve Conference USA tle and second under head coach Bryce Wallor. The tle gave the Knights the league’s automa c bid to the NCAA Regionals. The Knights finished the 11-team event in Texarkana, Ark., at 862 (-2), two shots ahead of second-place Memphis. The Knights posted an impressive comeback to win the championship as the team was ed for eighth a er 18 holes. UCF was led by Greg Eason, who placed second at 6-under 210. He was joined in the top 10 by Brad Schneider, who concluded the tournament at 1-under 215. The Knights earned the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Ocala, Fla. UCF played in the regionals for the fi h-consecu ve year. UCF competed in seven events during the spring, and recorded five top-five team finishes. In March, the Knights took the team tle at the UCF Rio Pinar Invita onal in Orlando. The home tournament victory was the fourth in a row for the Knights, who finished at 841 (-23). UCF also recorded a pair of top-five finishes in the fall, highlighted by the tle at the Adams Cup of Newport in Rhode Island in September. Led by a first-place finish from Greg Eason, UCF concluded the 17-team tournament at 868 (+4), 18 shots ahead of second-place West Florida.
Head coach Bryce Wallor and the 2010-11 Conference USA Championship team.
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UCF Golf Records Most Individual Tournament Victories Robert Damron (5): Sun Belt - St. Francisville, La. (April 19-22, 1992), John Hancock All-America Classic - El Paso, Texas (Oct. 26-28, 1992), State of Florida Champ. - Lakeland, Fla. (Nov. 5-7, 1992), Seminole Intercollegiate - Tallahassee, Fla. (March 14-15, 1993), Stetson Intercollegiate - DeLand, Fla. (Oct. 10-12, 1993) Hans Strom-Olsen (5): Imperial Lakes Classic - Lakeland, Fla. (March 1-3, 1991), SE Intercollegiate Montgomery, Ala. (March 22-24, 1991), Pepsi Invita onal - Tampa, Fla. (March 13-14, 1992), SE Intercollegiate - Montgomery, Ala. (March 20-21, 1992), Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate - Auburn, Ala. (April 24-25, 1992) Joe Regner (3): UCF/Rosemont Intercollegiate - Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 5-7, 1993), Pepsi-Budweiser USF Classic - Tampa, Fla. (March 18-20, 1988), UCF Golf Classic - Orlando, Fla. (March 21-23, 1988) Andrew Rice (3): Florida Fun-N-Sun Intercollegiate - Miami, Fla. (Nov. 15-17, 1987), Forest Hills Invita onal - Augusta, Ga. (March 31-April 1, 1990), State of Florida Championship - Ocala, Fla. (Nov. 4-5, 1990) Brad Estes (2): Sunshine State Champ. - Sebring, Fla. (Feb. 7-8, 1981), Stetson Intercollegiate - DeLand Fla. (Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 1982) Cliﬀ Kresge (2): UCF Golf Classic - Orlando, Fla. (March 12-13, 1990), Music City Invita onal - Nashville, Tenn. (April 13-16, 1990) Jason Opal (2): A-Sun Champ. - Charleston, S.C. (April 15-16, 1996), Ashworth Invita onal - San Diego, Calif. (March 10-11, 1997) John Weiss (2): Miami Beach Sun & Fun - Miami, Fla. (Oct. 20-22, 1985), UCF Invita onal - Orlando, Fla. (March 17-19, 1986) Barry Roof (2): Fall Beach Classic - Gulf Shores, Ala. (Oct. 27-28, 2003), A-Sun Champ. - Buies Creek, N.C. (April 19-21, 2004) Simon Ward (2): Sun Trust Gator Invita onal - Gainesville, Fla. (Feb. 14-15, 2009), C-USA Champ. - Sorrento, Fla. (May 14-16, 2009)
UCF Tournament Victories 1979-80 (1) Sunshine State Conference Championship (Feb. 16-17) Orlando, Fla. 1980-81 (1) Sunshine State Conference Championship (Feb. 7-8) Sebring, Fla. 1982-83 (1) Ha er Challenge (March 25-26) DeBary, Fla.
1987-88 (1) Florida Intercollegiate (Nov. 5-7) Daytona Beach, Fla. 1988-89 (2) Florida Interna onal Fun-N-Sun Intercollegiate (Nov. 14-17) Miami, Fla. 1989-90 (6) State of Florida Championship (Nov. 6-7) Miami, Fla. Budget/UCF Golf Classic (March 12-13) Orlando, Fla. Pepsi-USF Invita onal (March 17-19) Tampa, Fla.
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Lowest Career Average (min. two years) Barry Roof, 2002-04 (72.59) Andrew Rice, 1987-91 (72.79) Robert Damron, 1991-94 (72.86) Kevin Altenhof, 1988-90 (72.87) Malcolm Joseph, 1988-90 (72.91)
Lowest Single-Season Average Blayne Barber, 2008-09 (71.14) Andrew Rice, 1990-91 (71.79) Malcolm Joseph, 1990-91 (72.00) Cliﬀ Kresge, 1989-90 (72.12) Barry Roof, 2003-04 (72.13)
Most Victories in a Season
Wins in a Season: 6 (1989-90) Consecutive Single-Season Wins: 5 (1989-90) Lowest Single Day Scores
1990-91 (3) Tournament of Champions (Oct. 7-9) Knoxville, Tenn. State of Florida Championship (Nov. 4-5) Ocala, Fla.
1991-92 (1) Pepsi Invita onal (March 13-14) Tampa, Fla.
1986-87 (1) UCF Spring Classic (March 16-18) Orlando, Fla.
Blayne Barber (62) NCAA Southeast Regional (May 16, 2009) Brad Schneider (63) NCAA Southeast Regional (May 16, 2009) Greg Forest (64) Rio Pinar InvitaƟonal (Feb. 25, 2008) Mike Stern (64) Rio Pinar InvitaƟonal (Feb. 25, 2008) Barry Roof (64) Fall Beach Classic (Oct. 27-28, 2003)
Music City Intercollegiate (April 13-16) Nashville, Tenn.
Embry-Riddle Intercollegiate (Oct. 25-26) Daytona Beach, Fla.
1985-86 (1) UCF Invita onal (March 17-19) Orlando, Fla.
Lowest 18 Holes
Robert Damron, 1992-93 (3) Hans Strom-Olsen, 1991-92 (3)
Southeastern Intercollegiate (March 22-24) Montgomery, Ala.
1984-85 (1) Embry-Riddle Intercollegiate (Oct. 24-26) Daytona Beach, Fla.
Brad Schneider (200) NCAA Southeast Regional (May 14-16, 2009)
Forest Hills Invita onal (March 31-April 1) Augusta, Ga.
1983-84 (3) Stetson Intercollegiate (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) DeBary, Fla.
UCF Rosemont Intercollegiate (Nov. 5-7) Orlando, Fla.
Southeastern Intercollegiate (March 23-25) Montogmery, Ala.
Lowest 54 Holes
1992-93 (1) State of Florida Championship (Nov. 5-7) Lakeland, Fla.
271, Fall Beach Classic (Oct. 27, 2003) 273, NCAA Southeast Regional (May 16, 2009)
Top Match Scores 818, NCAA Southeast Regional (May 14-16, 2009) 838, Fall Beach Classic (Oct. 27-28, 2003) 842, Southeastern Intercollegiate (March 22-24, 1991) 842, Adams Cup of Newport (Sept. 19-20, 2011)
2007-08 (2) Rio Pinar Invita onal (Feb. 25-26) Orlando, Fla. UK Bluegrass Invita onal (April 13-14) Lexington, Ky.
1994-95 (1) Atlan c Sun Championship (April 13-15) Perry, Ga.
2008-09 (4) The Hummingbird Intecollegiate (Nov. 3-4) Sapphire, N.C.
1995-96 (1) Atlan c Sun Championship (April 15-16) Charleston, S.C.
Rio Pinar Invita onal (Feb. 23-24) Orlando, Fla.
1996-97 (2) Ashworth Invita onal (March 10-11) San Diego, Calif. Lonnie D. Small Intercollegiate (April 7-8) Buies Creek, N.C. 2003-04 (2) Birkdale Collegiate Classic (March 13-14) Cornelius, N.C. Atlan c Sun Championship (April 19-21) Buies Creek, N.C. 2004-05 (1) Rio Pinar Intercollegiate (Feb. 14-15) Orlando, Fla.
Conference USA Championship (March 19-21) Sorrento, Fla. NCAA Southeast Regional (May 14-16) Sorrento, Fla. 2009-10 (2) Rio Pinar Invita onal (March 15-16) Orlando, Fla. Conference USA Championship (April 25-27) Sorrento, Fla 2010-11 (3) Adams Cup at Newport (Sept. 19-20) Middletown, R.I. Rio Pinar Invita onal (March 14-15) Orlando, Fla. Conference USA Championship (April 24-26) Texarkana, Ark.
UCF PRACTICE FACILITY Members of the UCF men’s golf team have the opportunity to enhance their games close to campus at the UCF Prac ce Facility. Located at the Twin Rivers Golf Club in nearby Oviedo, the facility was opened to the Knights in 2007. Construc on on the 2,880-square foot teaching building at the loca on concluded in 2009. The building features hi ng bays and a state-of-the-art video system to analyze each player’s swing. Also, the structure houses a player’s lounge, locker room and oﬃces for the UCF coaching staﬀ. The facility is used exclusively by the men’s and women’s golf programs. The prac ce facility includes a six-acre short-game area, in addi on to a driving range. The shortgame area has a pair of pu ng greens and target greens. The area was designed and constructed by McCumber Golf, which was founded by former PGA TOUR player Mark McCumber. Construc on began in March 2007. Twin Rivers is managed by The Golf Group, an Orlando-based company that operates six courses in the area.
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WHERE THE KNIGHTS PLAY The UCF men’s golf team u lizes several courses in the Orlando area for prac ce and playing. Head coach Bryce Wallor’s Knights have access to some of the top country clubs in the region. UCF has memberships at the Rio Pinar Country Club, North Shore Golf Club, Stonybrook East Golf Club and the Twin Rives Golf Club, giving the Knights unlimited access to the courses. Twin Rivers is the home to the UCF Prac ce Facility, which opened in September 2007. The Knights also enjoy playing privileges at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club and the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Lake Nona is the home of some of the world’s top golfers, including Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Annika Sorenstam. The site of the annual Isleworth Collegiate Invita onal, the Isleworth Country Club is one of the finest courses in the country. The Knights have access to play at Isleworth several mes per year. The country club is the home of some of the best players in the world, including Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara and Stuart Appleby. The Rio Pinar Country Club is the primary home course for the Knights. The course previously served as the site for the PGA TOUR’s Citrus Open. The country club is the home of the Rio Pinar Invita onal.
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