Swinging Into San Antonio

May 5, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The No. 7-ranked UCF men’s golf team learned its NCAA Regional destination Monday morning. The announcement was made live on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.

The Knights are the No. 2 seed in the San Antonio Regional, which will be held May 15-17 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club. Georgia, which is ranked No. 6 in the latest Golfstat rankings, is the top seed in the region.

“From a rankings standpoint, I’m obviously proud of the team’s effort,” UCF head coach Bryce Wallor said. “Being a two seed or a 10 seed, you’ve just got to finish in the top five now. Obviously, you’re trying to win. It’s just a notification of your record. We still have to go in and play well.”

No. 18 UCLA and No. 19 Vanderbilt are the third and fourth seeds, respectively. UCF will also see some familiar faces in San Antonio. Fellow American Athletic Conference members USF and SMU will be in the field. The No. 30 Bulls and No. 31 Mustangs round out the top six seeds. No. 42 Georgia Southern, No. 44 Georgia State, No. 50 Northwestern, No. 55 TCU, No. 74 College of Charleston, No. 76 VCU and Columbia complete the San Antonio Regional field.

Nine of the 13 teams in the San Antonio Regional are currently ranked in the Golfstat Top 50. The San Antonio Regional and the Auburn Regional are the only two to feature nine Top 50 teams.

“They are all top quality teams with great coaches there,” Wallor said. “Every region is strong, but this one looks pretty good.”

The top five finishers from each of six 54-hole regional tournaments will advance to the finals.  

UCF finished tied for second at the Tempe (Ariz.) Regional last season and advanced to the finals, where they finished in a tie for 16th. It was the second consecutive season and the sixth time the Knights had advanced to the finals. In addition, then-junior Greg Eason won medalist honors in Tempe, becoming the first Knight ever to bring home a regional title.

“These guys have worked really hard for the last – some of them three and four years – to make this happen,” Wallor said. “I have to think with guys having been there and done that, they’re going to know what to expect. They certainly know the intensity and the pressure level of the golf tournament. They’ve had some success doing it. We’ve got some seniors playing some pretty good golf.”

Wallor’s lineup for the NCAA San Antonio Regional will include the same five golfers who played at last week’s American Athletic Conference Championship. Greg Eason, Ricardo Gouveia, Linus Vaisanen, Kyle Wilshire and Federico Zucchetti will take part for the Knights.

The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.



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