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Sept. 25, 2013

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By Andy Seeley

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The UCF men’s golf team is off to a hot start in the 2013-14 campaign. The Knights have played two of their four fall events and have brought home championship trophies from each of those tournaments.

On the heels of that success, UCF is slotted at No. 6 in the Golfstat national rankings. UCF head coach Bryce Wallor believes his team’s rating is warranted at this point in the season.

“I thought it’s fair,” Wallor said of the Golfstat ranking. “A couple years ago we got off to the same start – won both of the same tournaments – and ended up in the same position. We don’t have any blemishes on the record so far. We’ll see as we go out this week if we can improve upon that and keep moving in the right direction.”

The Knights came from behind in the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate to pick up the victory. On the other hand, they ran away and hid from the field at the Adams Cup of Newport with a blistering first round. Wallor said it is nice to see they can win in different ways.

“I thought the play at the first tournament – on a difficult golf course – was about as good as we could have played,” he said. “We didn’t necessarily start that well. But we got better, got in the chase and ended up winning the golf tournament. As a coach, you really love to see that.

“At the second tournament, we were fortunate to come out of the blocks really fast and had everybody play well,” Wallor added. “Then, we just played solid to the finish and didn’t have to do anything special to get that victory. You had the two ends of the spectrum. Now, I’d really love to see one of those performances this fall where the pedal was down for all three rounds and see how good we are going into the spring.”

Wallor gave his team a great deal of credit for bringing the right attitude and intensity every day in practice, not just in tournament play.

“Qualifying has gone very well. Practice, most days, has gone well,” he said. “We’ve been diligent. The guys have worked hard. They’ve put extra time in, which is really a necessity in golf.”

The Knights are in action again Monday and Tuesday when the travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate.