Oct. 27, 2008
WINDERMERE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Dozens of the nation's premier college golfers will return to the course Monday for day two of the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational. The three-round, three-day event began Sunday and is set to conclude Tuesday. Throughout the tournament, members of the UCF athletics communications staff will be offering insight from the event on this page.
Good morning from the Isleworth Golf & Country Club. Day one action is set to begin at 8 a.m. with the first group teeing off from the first hole.
Here is a short day one recap. Alabama leads the team standings after recording a 287 (-1). Indiana is two strokes back at 289 (+1). Jorge Campillo of Indiana and Matthew Swan of Alabama are atop the individual standings. Both players recorded 4-under 68s in the first round.
The Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational annually gets strong media coverage. For a story about day one from Golfweek, visit Golfweek.com
Breakfast is served. The spread includes cooked-to-order omelettes, cereal, eggs, grits, bacon, bagels and muffins. Fresh smoothies are also available for the golfers.
Day two is almost underway. Mark Johnson (Oklahoma State), Mark Silvers II (South Carolina) and Minghao Wang (Georgia Tech) will begin round two at 8 a.m. from hole one.
The second round has officially started. The temperature is listed at 56 degrees. Today's high is expected to be 76.
A year ago after one day of play, 22 golfers were in the red. Yesterday, just six players were under par.
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This year's event program is unlike most college golf tournament publications. At 62 pages, the program looks more like a trendy magazine. The program includes an interview with Ian Poulter, a resident of nearby Lake Nona, information on each participating team, a short feature about the University of Central Florida and a photograph of each hole at Isleworth. Each golfer receives a program at the start of the tournament.
The host Knights are set to begin play at 8:49 a.m. Brad Schneider is the first UCF player set to tee off. UCF is currently tied for 12th after posting a 300 (+12) Sunday.
Brent Carli and Erik Kohler are again serving as starters. Both men are wearing sports coats and ties this morning. Kohler is UCF's football, basketball and baseball public address announcer.
Several players are wearing long sleeves and jackets as they tee off. Weather.com lists the current temperature as 58 degrees.
Six of the golfers in this year's field finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship last spring. Indiana's Jorge Campillo tied for second at the event. At Isleworth, he is tied for first after 18 holes.
The 2007 individual champion, Harris English of Georgia, finished day one tied for 18th at 73 (+1). A year ago, English carded an even-par 72 in the opening round and was tied for 23rd after one day of play.
Teams from around the country are represented at this year's tournament. Eight squads from the southeast are in action. Stanford had the longest trip to Isleworth. The Cardinal traveled around 2,864 miles to central Florida.
With all of the golfers now on the course, the day is done for starters Brent Carli and Erik Kohler. The pair will return tomorrow.
Each year at the event, a large scoreboard is placed at hole 18. The board is placed next to Lake Louise. The Isleworth community is surrounded by lakes that are part of the Butler Chain of Lakes.
Through nine holes today, Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway sits in first. Tway is currently at 4-under 69.
The athletic training room at the tournament has been placed inside the locker room this year, so the golfers have easy access to treatment. The locker room is located on the top floor of the spacious clubhouse. UCF provides staffing for the sports medicine area. Head men's golf trainer Andy Reber heads the treatment team.
The first hole-in-one of the tournament is in the books. Oklahoma State's Mark Johnson recorded the shot on hole 15, which is a par 3 listed at 223 yards.
The chefs at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club have prepared an outstanding lunch. Highlights on the buffet include made-to-order salads, seafood alfredo, chicken parmigiana and penne pasta. Brownies, cookies and ice cream are among the desert selections.
The annual tournament dinner is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. ESPN football analyst Lou Holtz is slated to speak to the golfers. UCF director of athletics Keith Tribble is also expected to address the group.
The first two groups have completed their rounds. Mark Johnson of Oklahoma State, who recorded a hole-in-one at 15, finished at 76 (+4).
After a cool morning, the temperature is now listed at 77 degrees. Both days of the tournament have featured sunny skies.
Stanford's Joseph Bramlett has recorded the best round of this year's tournament. Bramlett posted a five-under 67 today. His round was just one stroke off the tournament record of 66, which Georgia's Harris English registered in the third round in 2007.
Russell Henley of Georgia has become the second player to card a 5-under 67 today. He began the day tied for fourth after posting a 71 (-1) in the first round.
Round two is nearly complete. Only five groups remain on the course.
The second round is in the books. Georgia (571, -5) sits atop the team standings. The Bulldogs' Russell Henley paces the individual field at 138 (-6). The final round will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.