WINDERMERE, Fla. – UCF males’s trainer Bryce Wallor crunched the numbers Monday night time ahead of Tuesday’s last around of the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational and was once blown away by means of his group’s efficiency at the vegetables.
The 4 counting Knights holed greater than 800 toes of putts in Spherical 2 as UCF, the No. 72-ranked group in Golfstat getting into the week, led a star-studded discipline by means of 17 pictures via two rounds at Isleworth.
“Out of this international,” Wallor mentioned. “… The ones putters had been pink scorching.”
Now not even a fiery Isleworth, some diabolical pins and a difficult pack that integrated undefeated Texas Tech may just cool off the Knights. UCF closed in 1 over Tuesday, however it was once greater than sufficient to win by means of 14 pictures over runner-up LSU. The victory marked the primary for UCF at its house event.
Complete-field ratings from the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational
The Knights, who completed at 20 beneath and led the sector with 57 birdies, had been led by means of sophomore Johnny Travale, who carded seven of his tournament-leading 17 birdies in a final-round, 6-under 66. He had to make a 5-footer for bogey on the par-Four completing hollow Tuesday to complete at 12 beneath, a shot transparent of LSU’s Trey Winstead.
Wallor known as Travale, who transferred from Kent State this 12 months, a “game-changer for our program” and mentioned the sophomore is a mainstay on the group’s prepare facility at Dual Rivers Golfing Membership in within sight Oviedo. “He’s at all times there,” Wallor mentioned. For Travale, he’s simply taking part in the practice-friendly climate.
“I’m actually satisfied the place I’m at,” mentioned Travale, who was once joined within the most sensible 10 at Tavistock by means of fellow sophomore Clement Charmasson, who tied for 7th.
The Knights are happy to be again within the Sunshine State, as neatly. UCF performed its first 3 occasions of the autumn in Michigan, Connecticut and Nebraska, profitable simply considered one of them.
Tuesday’s victory wasn’t simply the largest win of the younger season, it arguably was once essentially the most notable regular-season identify at school historical past.
UCF was once 19 pictures higher than Vanderbilt, 20 transparent of Texas Tech, 22 forward of eighth-ranked Arizona State and 27 not up to preseason No. 1 Texas.
“This was once a large one for our guys,” mentioned Wallor, whose group will shut the autumn subsequent week on the AAC’s preview event at Innisbrook. “We’re an excessively younger group. … I feel after they got here in right here this week, they seemed round and a couple of guys commented, ‘I by no means beat that man in junior golfing,’ and they have got now, so that they’re going to construct some self assurance from this. They know they may be able to do it, and we’re simply going to head out and get to paintings.”