April 16, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – UCF senior Greg Eason plans to play golf professionally this summer, after he and the Knights have finished their 2013-14 season. Eason now knows where he’ll begin his professional career.
Eason was one of 44 players who finished 1-over or better to earn status on PGA TOUR Canada for 2014. Eason locked up exempt status after tying for second place at the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying School West event, held April 7-11 in Beaumont, Calif. Eason said it was a relief to know he had plans secured for his first summer as a professional.
“It’s a great feeling to know where I’ll be playing following this spring,” Eason, who plans to turn professional following the NCAA Regional and National championships later this spring, said. “It’s been a bit of a crazy week but I’m really happy with how I’ve played. This gives me a lot of confidence.”
Eason was at or below par for each of his four rounds at the Oak Valley Golf Club, finishing 13-under and just two strokes off the championship pace. He opened the tournament with a 3-under 69, but his second round was where he really charged up the leaderboard. Eason’s second round score of 66 pushed him to 9-under for the tournament. He moved to 13-under with a 68 in the third round, before coasting home with an even-par fourth and final round.
Wednesday, Eason was named a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, which goes to the top collegiate golfer (including NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA) in the country. The award takes into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award’s selection. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee is made up of 24 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
On May 7, the 10 semifinalists will be pared down to three finalists. That trio will be in attendance at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on May 18, where the recipient will be named. The Ben Hogan Award winner will receive an exemption to the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational, a PGA TOUR event at Colonial Country Club.
Eason is currently ranked No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He is No. 21 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, he is ranked as the No. 9 player in the Golfweek collegiate rankings and is No. 11 in the Golfstat collegiate rankings. He is one of just six golfers who are listed among the top 25 in all four of those rankings.
Eason has eight top-10 finishes in nine events this season, including six top-three results. He owns two collegiate victories during the 2013-14 season and also won the prestigious South Beach International Amateur back in December.
Eason and the Knights will be in action again at the American Athletic Conference Championship, which begins April 27 in Palm Harbor, Fla.