Fantastic Finish

Feb. 11, 2014

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By Bill Morrison

ORLANDO, Fla. - In an electric finish, the UCF Challenge came down to the wire with UCF and Iowa State vying for the trophy. The Knights, however, would ultimately prevail, winning their second-consecutive tournament of the spring.

 The No. 24 Knights delivered a true team performance at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, in their only home tournament of the season. UCF defeated No. 22 Iowa State by one shot Tuesday to take the title in a field of 19 teams.

 UCF junior Fanny Cnops turned in her best individual performance of the season shooting 208 (-8) to take medalist honors. Freshman Ashley Holder would also post a season best 213 (-3) to finish the tournament tied for fourth.

 "I can't begin to say how proud I am of the team," UCF coach Emily Marron said. "This team is so tough and they never give up."

 After leading the first two rounds, the Knights held off a talented field Tuesday, including seven other nationally-ranked opponents. On a tough scoring day for most of the field, a surging Iowa State squad grabbed second place from Miami early in the third round. With just a few holes remaining, the Cyclones eventually pulled in front of UCF.

 But trailing by two strokes, the Knights charged to victory with late heroics from Monifa Sealy, who birdied her final two holes to finish even par for the round. Robyn Doig also birdied her final hole, securing the victory for the Knights. Kaitlyn Price posted another steady performance to round out the scoring for the Knights.

 "We knew it was going to be close and it came down to the birdies we made on our final holes," Marron said. "I'm really happy for Fanny getting her first win as a Knight. She is such a talented player who truly has a chance to win every time she tees it up."

 UCF Sophomore Mary Muchaly, who played as an individual, finished in the top ten shooting two-under par (214) for the tournament.

 The Knights emerged victorious over Iowa State with Miami holding on to third place. No. 21 Kentucky would finish fourth with Minnesota and No. 49 GRU Augusta finishing tied for fifth in the team competition.

Team Leaders
1.UCF 282-285-290= 857 (-7)
2.Iowa State 292-281-285= 858 (-6)
3.Miami 287-282-295= 864 (E)

UCF Golfers
1.Fanny Cnops 67-70-71= 208 (-8)
T4.Ashley Holder 70-68-75= 213 (-3)
T39.Robyn Doig 72-75-73= 220 (+4)
T39.Kaitlyn Price 73-73-74= 220 (+4)
T46.Monifa Sealy 75-74-72= 221 (+5)
T7.*Mary Muchaly 71-70-73=214 (-2)
T22.*Kristine Odaiyar 76-71-70=217 (+1)
T72.*Paola Robles 72-71-84=227 (+11)
T72.*Ayaka Nakayama 78-73-76=227 (+11)

 *_played as individual





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