Oct. 20, 2007
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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF men's golf team will host one of the nation's top tournaments starting Sunday, when play begins at the 2007 Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational presented by Ruth's Chris Steak House. The Isleworth Golf & Country Club in nearby Windermere will serve as the host course for the three-day, three-round event.
The fourth-annual tournament boasts some of the top squads in college golf, including six of the top-ranked teams in the country. Eighteen teams will be competing at the event.
On Sunday, the first tee time is set for 8 a.m. The tournament is not open to the public, but live statistics will be available each day at www.golfstat.com.
UCF will be competing for the third time this fall when it plays at the tournament. Juniors Kyle Davis (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville), Greg Forest (Palm City, Fla./Martin County) and David Johnson (Palm Bay, Fla./Melbourne), sophomore Nuno Henriques (Funchal, Portugal) and freshman Jhared Hack (Sanford, Fla./Circle Christian) will be in action for head coach Nick Clinard's Knights.
2007 Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational presented by Ruth's Chris Steak House Field:
Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Southern Cal, SMU, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCF, Wake Forest
Junior 5-9 165
Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville
Will be competing for the first time this fall... played in five events for the Knights a year ago... tied for 53rd at the Isleworth-UCF Intercollegiate Invitational... also competed at the event as a freshman in 2005 and tied for 42nd.
Junior 6-2 180
Palm City, Fla./Martin County
This fall, has played in two of the Knights' three events... tied for 23rd at the Prestige at PGA WEST in Palm Springs, Calif... posted a 219 (+3) at the three-round event... opened play with a three-under 69... tied for 49th at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala... will be competing at the Isleworth-UCF Intercollegiate Invitational for the third time... tied for 61st a year ago... in 2005, tied for 73rd as a rookie.
Freshman 5-11 175
Sanford, Fla./Circle Christian
Has appeared in all three of UCF's tournaments this fall... has recorded two top-10 showings... leads the team with four rounds of par or better play... tied for sixth with teammate David Johnson at the Prestige at PGA WEST in Palm Springs, Calif., at 213 (-3)... in the second round, carded a two-under 70... tied for 21st at the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Calif... in his collegiate debut, tied for seventh at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate (217, +1).
Sophomore 5-10 165
Funchal, Portugal/The Pendleton School
A sophomore who has participated in UCF's last two events this fall... tied for 41st at the Prestige at PGA WEST in Palm Springs, Calif... posted an even-par 72 in the second round... at the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill., tied for 36th.
Junior 6-3 190
Palm Bay, Fla./Melbourne/Brevard C.C.
Has competed in all three of UCF's events this season... tied for sixth at the Prestige at PGA WEST in Palm Springs, Calif., at 213 (-3)... carded a three-under 69 in the opening round... tied for seventh at the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill... recorded a 217 (+7)... began his UCF career by tying for 27th at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.
The Knights finished third out of 16 teams at the Prestige at PGA WEST in California on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event featured several top squads, including top-ranked Charlotte and No. 8 Stanford. UCF concluded the event at 869 (+5), four strokes ahead of fourth-place Minnesota.
In the Rankings
UCF is currently No. 34 in the Golfstat national head-to-head standings. During the campaign, the Knights have received votes on three occasions in the Golf World/Nike Golf poll. Currently, the Knights are 44th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Freshman Jhared Hack began his collegiate career with great acclaim. The local product from Sanford was named one of the top-50 players to watch in the nation by Golf World magazine in its annual college preview. Before enrolling at UCF, Hack claimed the prestigious Western Amateur in August. In 2006, he won the Western Junior and earned American Junior Golf Association First-Team All-America honors. Hack currently paces the Knights in stroke average (72.3).
A transfer from Brevard Community College, junior David Johnson has made an immediate impact with the Knights this fall. He has participated in all three of UCF's events and has posted two top-10 finishes. His 72.7 stroke average ranks second on the squad. In August, Johnson competed at the U.S. Amateur in San Francisco, Calif. Last year, he earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-America Honorable Mention recognition.
Happy to be Home
The Isleworth-UCF Intercollegiate will serve as UCF's fourth event of the fall campaign. The Knights will play in five tournaments this fall. The event also serves as the squad's first event in Florida this season. UCF has competed in Alabama, Illinois and California to start the campaign.
New Home for the Knights
The Knights' basketball and football teams are not the only UCF squads with new facilities this year. In September, the golf programs began utilizing a new practice facility near campus at the Twin Rivers Golf Club. The facility features a six-acre short-game area, in addition to a driving range. The short-game area has a pair of putting greens and target greens. The facilty was designed and constructed by McCumber Golf. Construction began in March. Twin Rivers is owned by the Golf Group, an Orlando-based company that owns six courses in the area. UCF is exploring the idea of constructing a teaching building at the location. The proposed building is 2,880-square feet.
The Knights will conclude the fall portion of their schedule next week, competing at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegitate Championship in North Carolina. The tournament will be played at the Forest Oaks Country Club, home to a PGA TOUR event each year.