UCF takes FAU Slomin Autism Invite title
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ricardo Gouveia and Greg Eason are teammates, but were battling for the top spot at the FAU Slomin Autism Invite at The Fountains Country Club North Course Sunday.
Gouveia and Eason finished first and second, respectively, leading Central Florida to a six-stroke win over runner-up Georgia Southern in Lake Worth, Fla.
Gouveia carded an even-par 71 in the tournament's third round to finish at 10 under, and Eason made a late charge with a 65 on Saturday and a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 8 under. All in all, UCF placed four players in the top 20 with freshman Frederico Zucchetti finishing at T-12 and senior Kyle Wilshire placing 17th.
Gouveia and Eason signed fairly clean scorecards throughout the week, posting only six bogeys as a pair through 54 holes.
Junior Scott Wolfes led Georgia Southern on the final day with a 4-under 67 and finished at T-4 overall. Seniors Hayden Anderson and Will Evans, who are coming off of an emotional weekend at the Schenkel Invitational, nabbed top-10 finishes as well.
UCF (13 under) was followed by Georgia Southern (7 under), Middle Tennessee State (2 over), DePaul (11 over) and Jacksonville State (19 over) in the top five.
The win is UCF's first of the spring. The Knights, ranked the No. 9 team in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, have finished in the top three six times this year. Eason and Gouveia are the No. 15 and 59 players in the individual rankings, respectively.