College Women

Women's fall countdown: No. 15 Central Florida

Laura Sojo
Laura Sojo ( AJGA )

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Next up on our women's 2014 fall countdown, No. 15 Central Florida:

Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, as she looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season.

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Central Florida Knights

Preseason rank: 15

Final 2013/14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 21

2013-14 in review: The Knights’ stock rose considerably last season as the team never finished outside the top 5 until the NCAA East Regional. UCF put itself on the map by traveling west to the Edean Ihlanfeldt in the fall and finishing third, then finishing second at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. UCF won its home tournament, and finished runner-up four other times.

Notable departure: Kaitlyn Price

Key returnees: Ashley Holder, Fanny Cnops

Newcomer of note: Laura Sojo

Circled on fall calendar: Cougar Classic

Fall outlook: Head coach Emily Marron will benefit from returning much of her roster this season. Led by Holder, a Florida native, and Cnops, a Belgian player who followed Marron from UNC Greensboro to UCF, the Knights can compete with the top teams in the nation. UCF has the advantage of bringing momentum from last season. The schedule is more local this year – there will be no trip west – but the Cougar Classic and Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate feature strong fields with top teams from both coasts.