1-2 Punch

March 29, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – UCF senior Ricardo Gouveia backed up his first round 67 with an even better score on Saturday at the FAU Slomin Autism Invitational. And his teammates came with him, pushing the No. 6 Knights into the lead with one round left at The Fountains Country Club North Course.

Govueia held the individual lead after Friday's first round. The senior from Portugal was two strokes better on Saturday, firing a 65 to move to -10 for the tournament. The 67 he shot on Friday was a season-best score, as was Saturday's 65. Saturday's round featured seven birdies and just one bogey. He has only recorded two bogeys for the tournament, so far.

While Gouveia was improving his score from the first to second rounds. so were two of his teammates. Matching Gouveia shot for shot on Saturday was teammate Greg Eason. The senior Englishman also recorded a 65 Saturday, matching his season-low score. Eason played bogey-free golf Saturday, tallying six birdies to move to 4-under for the tournament and ease into second place.

Also improving from the first to the second round was freshman Federico Zucchetti. The young Italian carded a 1-under 70 Saturday, putting him at +2 for the touranment. That was good enough for 13th place heading into Sunday's final day of action.

Senior Kyle Wilshire has been Mr. Consistent in this event. He has recorded back-to-back rounds of 73 for a +4 total for the tournament. He is tied for 21st.

Those four have pushed the Knights into the team lead at 10-under. UCF trailed Georgia Southern by seven strokes entering the second round. But after Saturday's action, the Knights now hold a five-shot lead over the Eagles, who are 5-under. Middle Tennessee State (-2) and DePaul (-2) are the only other teams to come in under par through two rounds in the 15-team event.

Freshman Ryan Stovash is also in the Knights' lineup. He shot a 78 Saturday, falling back to a tie for 35th place at +8. Linus Vaisanen is taking part in the tournament as an individual, carding a 75 Saturday to move to +16. He is tied for 65th.

The Knights are slated to get under way in Sunday's third and final round at 8:45 a.m. Follow live scoring by clicking here



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