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July 10, 2014

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By Andy Seeley
UCFKnights.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The 2014-15 UCF men’s golf schedule has been released. The Knights are coming off a No. 6 ranking in the final 2013-14 Golfstat national rankings and will face another tough slate of events in the upcoming season.

“We are very excited about the 2014-2015 golf season,” Wallor said. “This year’s tournament schedule should prove to be very challenging and it will give our young team an opportunity to travel nationally to play some of America’s best golf courses, while competing at the highest level.”

UCF opens the season at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill. Sept. 5-7. This will be the Knights’ fourth straight year opening the season at this event. UCF has won the Northern Intercollegiate two of the past three years. From there, the Knights travel to the Hartford Hawks Invitational in South Kent, Conn. Sept. 22-23. The first month of the season wraps up with a trip to the Graeme McDowell Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. Sept. 29-30. The Knights took fifth at Shoal Creek this past season.

The fall portion of the season concludes with one of the most prestigious tournaments in college golf. The Tavistock Collegiate Invitational will be co-hosted by UCF and takes place Oct. 19-21 in Lake Nona.

“The highlight of the fall semester will come with our final event, co-hosting the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational for the first time at the newly-renovated Lake Nona Golf and Country Club,” Wallor said.

The Knights will get back to competition in the spring semester with the SunTrust Gator Invitational Feb. 14-15 in Gainesville, Fla. This will be the seventh consecutive appearance in the Gator Invitational for UCF, which has a streak of four straight Top 5 finishes in the event.  From Feb. 27-March 1, UCF will play in the John Hayt Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club, which hosted The Players Championship for many years. The Knights have had plenty of success in Ponte Vedra Beach, with three straight Top 3 finishes.

March will see the UCF at the Shenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. March 20-22 and the FAU Slomin Autism Invite March 27-29. The Knights took third at the Schenkel Invitational – named after legendary golf broadcaster Chris Schenkel – last season. Meanwhile, UCF will be the two-time defending champions at the FAU event in Lake Worth, Fla.

The Knights picked up one of their most impressive regular-season victories ever in the 2014 3M Augusta Invitational. UCF will look to defend that title in its third consecutive appearance in this tournament, which wraps up the regular season.

The postseason begins with the American Athletic Conference Championship April 26-28 at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla. The Knights took runner-up honors at the inaugural AAC Championship event last season. UCF will then look to continue a streak of eight straight NCAA Regional appearances in mid-May, with hopes of advancing to a third NCAA Championship in four years at the end of the month.


 

 

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