Knights Preparing for Tempe Regional

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May 15, 2013

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF men's golf team arrived safely in Tempe, Ariz. Monday in preparation for this week's NCAA Division I Tempe Regional. Almost as importantly, the Knights' golf bags made it as well.

"It was an uneventful trip," head coach Bryce Wallor said Tuesday afternoon. "All the golf clubs showed up."

Following that successful trip for both golfers and clubs, the Knights spent Tuesday at a course similar to Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course, which will host the regional championship. Wallor said adjusting to the weather, playing at the practice location Tuesday and getting on the championship course today (Wednesday) will help his team's preparation.

"The temperatures are in the 80s in the morning and over 100 in the afternoon," Wallor said. "We're getting familiar with the desert conditions. We drove by the (regional) course and it looks to be in good shape. We'll find out more (Wednesday). But we've done our research on the course. It is fairly generous off the tee and wide open. It's not a long course. The key will be the greens and the pin placement. That's the one thing they can do to protect the course. The scores were pretty low at the last regional here. We've done our homework."

That extra study time will be important if the Knights want to crack the top five teams in the regional and advance to the NCAA Championships for a second consecutive season. The Tempe Region is loaded with great competition, including No. 3 Alabama, No. 9 Duke, No. 15 Georgia and many other top teams. The 39th-ranked Knights come into the tournament as the No. 7 seed.

"We'll be facing some of the better teams in the country," Wallor said. "UCLA has had an outstanding year. Georgia, Clemson, Duke, Texas A&M are all very good. We've faced some of these teams earlier this year. Then, you've got the home team as the No. 9 seed. If we want to take one of those first five spots, we're going to have to put together three solid days of golf to get through."

The Tempe Regional begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. UCF is slated to send its first golfer to the first tee at 7:55 a.m. PT (10:55 a.m. ET). Live scoring is available by clicking here.