April 16, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Bill Morrison
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The No. 17 UCF Women's golf team is set to host the American Athletic Conference Championship this weekend at the Ocean Course at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. The 6,235-yard, par 72 track was desgined by PGA legend Jack Nicklaus and was ranked in the top 10 best courses by Golfweek magazine in 2013.
The Knights will enter the conference championship following one of their most successful regular season showings in school history. UCF has finished in the top five at each of its nine events this season, including wins at the Florida Shootout and the UCF Challenge. Additionally, the team has been runner-up three times and finished third in two more events.
UCF head coach Emily Marron said she is extremely proud of how far the team has come and all the hard work they put in this season. She expects they will carry the momentum they've built all year into the conference championships.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play for the first ever American Athletic Conference Championship," Marron said. "Hammock Beach is a great venue and we feel like we have a good game plan going into this tournament."
UCF junior Fanny Cnops and freshman Ashley Holder will look to lead the Knights to victory this weekend. Cnops and Holder have each earned American Athletic Conference golfer of the week awards and have been steady leaders for the Knights all season.
Cnops took individual medalist honors at the UCF Challenge in February with a 208 (-8) and has held the team's top score in five of its nine events this season. She is averaging a team-low 72.4 per round and has four top 10 finishes. In March, Cnops was granted an exemption to compete in a Symetra Tour event held in Orlando. She went on to make the cut and finished tied for 44th in a field of more than 140 professionals.
Holder finished first overall at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic in March after carding a 213 (-3) and has turned in the team's best performance three times this season. Holder also has four top ten finishes and her average score this season is 72.5, only one tenth behind teammate Cnops.
Monifa Sealy, Kristine Odaiyar, and Robyn Doig, each of whom have had at least one top ten finish this season, will round out the starting five for the Knights.
The American Athletic Conference Championship is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 20 with a practice round on Saturday. Follow the Knights by clicking here for live stats and results.