Strategically Placed Knights

May 8, 2014

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By Bill Morrison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( - After one round of the NCAA East Regional at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., the No. 6 seed UCF Women's golf team is tied for sixth. With two rounds remaining, the Knights need to finish in the top eight to secure the programs first ever trip to the NCAA Championship.

UCF junior Fanny Cnops leads the way for the Knights after carding an opening round 69 (-3), and is just four shots off the pace. Freshman Ashley Holder is also in the mix after shooting a 71 (-1).

UCF head coach Emily Marron is pleased with the team's play so far. But she knows it will take low scores on day two and three to stay in contention.

"To advance on this course, teams will have to go low and have that birdie mindset," Marron said. "I think we saw what this course has to offer today and can go into tomorrow with an aggressive game plan."

Marron said if the Knights are able to stay sharp and take advantage of their birdie opportunities, she expects them to be in contention in Saturday's final round.

Kristine Odaiyar, Kaitlyn Price, and Monifa Sealy performed well for the Knights, turning in opening rounds of 75 (+3), 76 (+4), and 74 (+2) respectively. 

The second round of the NCAA East Regional is scheduled to begin at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

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