Knights Ready to Get to Work at NCAA Championship

GO KNIGHTS The Capital City Club Crabapple Course, home of the NCAA Championship.
The Capital City Club Crabapple Course, home of the NCAA Championship.

May 27, 2013

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By Andy Seeley

ATLANTA, Ga. ( - Sunday and Monday were long days for the UCF men's golf team. The Knights made the seven-hour drive from Orlando to Atlanta Sunday, before spending nearly 10 hours on the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. Monday in preparation for the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, which begins Tuesday.

The work wasn't done when they got off the course, however. The Knights then hit the practice range until the range closed at 5 p.m. The work day wrapped up at the hotel with a team meeting to work on course books and course management, before heading out for dinner.

"We had kind of a long day, with 30 teams playing in a shotgun format, but we got to see the course," UCF head coach Bryce Wallor said. "It was kind of nice, because it was a deliberate day. We really got time to look around, see what was in position, out of position. You get one day of prep and no real knowledge of the golf course, which makes it difficult. But I thought we had a good day, overall.

Wallor said the team got as much work done, both physically and mentally as they could on Monday.

"You can hit multiple tee shots, one ball into the green, a lot of chips and putts," Wallor said. "We got to see the bounce of the ball, to really get the feel and the speed. From there, I contacted other coaches and got former pin placement sheets from years past. We practiced to those positions and just tried to prepare the best we could. Everybody looks about as good as they can. I'm really happy."

Bright and early Tuesday morning, the UCF men's golf team will begin to see if all that hard work and preparation has paid off. The Knights are seeded 25th of the 30 teams that qualified for the championship. Three rounds  of stroke play Tuesday through Thursday will determine the eight teams that advance to the match-play round, which is slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that will determine the national champion.

UCF is coming off a second-place finish at the NCAA Tempe (Ariz.) Regional, which included individual medalist honors for junior Greg Eason. He will be joined in the UCF lineup by teammates Ricardo Gouveia, Jose Joia, Kyle Wilshire and Michael Visacki. Wallor said the experience his squad gained at the Regional could prove to be beneficial this week in Atlanta.

"We're going to go out and play the best we can and then you kind of see what happens from there," Wallor said. "Obviously, everyone wants to finish in the top eight. But you've got to position yourself day after day. We just need to go out and play our golf, that's it. We just want to build off what we did in Tempe. That's the way our whole spring has been, we've just gotten better and better. Guys are getting confident. I think we're going right where we want to be going."

The Knights, who will play with Arizona State and Tennessee Tuesday and Wednesday, are scheduled to tee off between 8:10 and 8:50 a.m. from the 10th tees. Live scoring of each round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship is available by clicking here.



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