Familiar Turf

April 28, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The Knights will get to play on familiar turf – literally – when they move on to the postseason.
The UCF women’s golf team, which reached their third consecutive NCAA Regional and their second straight under head coach Emily Marron, will play in in the NCAA East Regional. The tournament will be held May 8-10 at the SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee. The teams moving on to NCAA Regional play were announced Monday evening on The Golf Channel.
We’re excited that we get to drive over to Florida State,” Marron said. “It’s always nice when you can jump in a van and can stay in state where we have the same kind of grass. We have a great team so we didn’t really care where we got sent but I like our chances out of that region. We’ve seen a lot of those teams this year and we’ve beaten them, so we’ll see what happens.”
While the Knights are looking forward to staying in Florida, driving to Tallahassee and playing on Bermuda grass, they have even more motivation to play well at regionals. They feel they can play better than they have of late.
“I think we haven’t really played our A game for the last two tournaments,” junior Fanny Cnops said. “We lost conference by one shot so we are hungry for more. I think it’s going to give us a big boost that we lost by one. It could be a negative thing, but I think we’ve taken it really positively.”
The Knights will be the No. 6 seed at the NCAA East Regional. The top eight teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship from each of three regional sites. UCF was ranked No. 17 in the nation in the most recent Golfstat rankings.
The Knights learned their NCAA fate Monday night at a team gathering at Buffalo Wild Wings on University Boulevard. In addition to the team, UCF administrators, staff members and fans were also in attendance. Marron said taking part in a similar watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings for the Knights’ women’s soccer team inspired Monday’s gathering.
“It’s nice that people came out to support the team and the year we’ve had,” Marron said. “We’ve had a really good year and we really wanted to show them that we are proud of what we did this year. We’re the highest-ranked team the program has ever had, so it’s great. We’re looking to make history. We’ve never made it to the national championship and I know it’s hard. You’ve got to be playing your best for three days in a row but I think we have a good shot.”



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