TEXARKANA, Ark. — UCF moved up the leaderboard each round and the Knights won their third consecutive Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship, finishing 54 holes at the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club at 2-under-par 862.
UCF was in eighth-place following Sunday’s opening round, moved into third place Monday and posted its best round of the tournament Tuesday to grab the title with a 293-289-280 – 862.
Memphis junior Jonathan Fly carded a 69 in today’s final round and finished seven-under with a 209 to take medalist honors. The Tigers held onto their second-place position at No. 2 in the team standings with an even 864.
Fly was joined on the all-tournament team by East Carolina junior David Watkins, who fired a final-round low 68 to finish third. Four freshman also earned all-tournament honors as UCF’s Greg Eason was runner-up with a 69-72-69 — 210 (-6). Tulsa newcomers John Young Kim and Johannes Veerman scored a 212 and 214 to place fourth and fifth, respectively. Houston freshman Curtis Reed, who tallied a tournament-best four eagles, tied for fifth with Veerman.
Tulsa, who led entering Tuesday’s final round, finished third overall. UAB and Houston both posted their best rounds of the tournament at 286 to finish tied for fourth with a three-round total of 871.
Watkins teammate David Varner moved up to seventh place from the No. 18 spot on Monday with a 69 in the finals as East Carolina placed sixth. Marshall earned its best finish in conference history – seventh – as senior Christian Brand finished even. SMU, Southern Miss, Rice and UTEP rounded out the field.
UCF receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 19-21 at six locations. Complete team and individual qualifiers, as well as site of regional play, will be announced next month.
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