UCF Men's Golf Season Review


GO KNIGHTS David Johnson and the Knights placed 10th out of 30 squads at the NCAA Championship.
GO KNIGHTS
David Johnson and the Knights placed 10th out of 30 squads at the NCAA Championship.
GO KNIGHTS

June 10, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - In May, the UCF men's golf team capped off one of the most impressive seasons in school history with a strong showing at the NCAA Championship. For head coach Nick Clinard and his Knights, the campaign was filled with tournament victories, individual accolades and a regular spot in the national rankings.

Team Highlights
• UCF took the title at the NCAA Regional in Sorrento, Fla. The team finished at 18-under 818, 11 shots ahead of top-ranked Georgia, Arizona and South Carolina, who tied for second.
• After finishing first at the regional, the Knights tied for 10th out of 30 squads at the NCAA Championship in Toledo, Ohio. The showing was the best in school history for the Knights, who were participating in the championship for the fourth time.
• The trip to the regionals was the third-straight for UCF. In eight seasons at UCF, Clinard has guided the squad to the postseason on five occasions.
• For the first time, the Knights claimed the crown at the Conference USA Championship. The event was also held in Sorrento.
• The conference crown was the first for UCF since the Knights took the Atlantic Sun title in 2004.
• For the second-consecutive season, the Knights claimed the Rio Pinar Invitational title. UCF hosted the event in Orlando. The team also finished first at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate in North Carolina. • UCF's four tournament titles were the most in a single-season for the Knights since 1989-90.
• The Knights finished in the top-five in nine of its 13 tournaments during the year.
• UCF spent nearly the entire season ranked in the top-25 nationally. The squad concluded the year ranked 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Individual Highlights
David Johnson
• Named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.
• Competed in all 13 tournaments and recorded three top-10 finishes.
• Had 15 rounds of par or better and posted a 72.36 stroke average.
• Tied for 14th at the NCAA Regional at 208 (-5).
• At the C-USA Championship, placed 11th (215, -1).
• Placed fourth at the Rio Pinar Invitational at 4-under 212.
• Finished second at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate at 134 (-8).
• Recorded a third-place showing at The Prestige at PGA West, concluding the tournament at 211 (-5).

 

 

Simon Ward
• Selected as the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year and also earned a spot on the all-league first team.
• Named to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Southeast Region Team.
• Posted two victories during the campaign.
• Played in 12 events and ranked second on the squad with 17 rounds of par or better.
• Tied for 27th (211, -2) at the NCAA Regional.
• Took medalist honors at the C-USA Championship. Finished the tournament at 11-under 205.
• Tied for 11th at the Rio Pinar Invitational at 217 (+1).
• At the SunTrust Gator Invitational, tied for first at 5-under 205.
• At The Hummingbird Intercollegiate, tied for fourth (140, -2).
• Also tied for 11th at The Prestige in PGA West at 4-over 220.

Devin Spies
• Played in three tournaments, including the NCAA Championship and the NCAA Regional.
• Tied for 12th at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate at 2-over 144. Competed at the event as an individual.

Jed Dirksen
• Joined the team in January after transferring from Arizona State.
• Participated in six events, including the Conference USA Championship.
• Competed in the Rio Pinar Invitational as an individual, and finished third at 211 (-5).

Brad Schneider
• Earned spots on the All-Conference USA Second Team and the league's freshman squad.
• Played in all 13 tournaments and recorded three top-10 performances.
• Had 14 rounds of par or better and posted a 73.39 stroke average.
• Placed second at the NCAA Regional at 13-under 200. Carded an 8-under 63 in the final round.
• Tied for 11th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay at 212 (-1).
• Finished third at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate (139, -3).

Blayne Barber
• Earned a spot on the PING All-America Second Team.
• Garnered Golf Coaches Association of America National All-Freshman Team honors.
• Selected as the Conference USA Golfer and Freshman of the Year.
• Named to the GCAA All-Southeast Region Team.
• Also was named to the All-C-USA First Team and all-conference freshman team.
• In 12 events, recorded nine top-10 finishes. Completed the year with eight-consecutive top-10 performances.
• Led UCF with 20 rounds of par or better and a 71.14 stroke average.
• Tied for seventh at the NCAA Championship at 1-under 212.
• Finished third at the NCAA Regional (202, -11). In the third round, carded a school record 11-under 62.
• Placed second at the C-USA Championship, finishing the event at 206 (-10).
• Tied for fifth at the UK Bluegrass Invitational (221, +5).
• At the Adminstaff ASU Invitational, tied for third (208, -8).
• Tied for eighth at the Hootie at Bulls Bay. He finished the tournament at 3-under 210.
• Claimed medalist honors at the Rio Pinar Invitational. Finished the event at 204 (-12).
• At the SunTrust Gator Invitational, tied for ninth at 1-under 209.
• In college debut, tied for 10th (216, E) at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Nick Clinard
• Selected as the Eaton/Golf Pride Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
• Named the Conference USA Coach of the Year.

Academic Highlights
• Honored by UCF for having the top-team grade point average of any men's program on campus.
• Six Knights - Blayne Barber, Kyle Cobb, Kyle Davis, Nico Donaldson, Greg Forest and Simon Ward - were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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