Central Florida women earn 2nd title
MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Central Florida women’s team shot a final-round 4-over 292 Tuesday to rally from a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and edge Texas Tech at the Knights and Pirates Invitational, a victory that virtually assures UCF its first NCAA postseason berth in three years.
The Knights, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 13-over 877 to defeat the 30th-ranked Red Raiders by a shot at Suntree Golf Club’s Classic Course and earn their second victory of the season. A pair of Big Ten teams, Wisconsin (881) and Purdue (888), finished third and fourth, respectively. The tournament was hosted by UCF and East Carolina.
“This helps our postseason chances significantly and gives us a taste of victory,” said third-year UCF coach Courtney Trimble, whose team also won in the fall at the Lady Northern Invitational and is aiming for its first NCAA regional appearance since the 2008-09 season. “It also gives us something to work hard for going into the conference championship. I am excited.”
The Knights, who will play the Conference USA Championship on April 23-25 in Gulf Shores, Ala., were led in Melbourne by junior Carolin Pinegger and freshman Katie Mitchell, who tied for third at 2-over 218. Teammates Heather Proctor (T-11) and Kaitlyn Price (T-15) also finished in the top 15.
Texas Tech’s Deborah DeVilla earned medalist honors at 3-under 213, winning by two shots over Purdue’s Paula Reto.