One week after claiming its third-consecutive league title, the UCF men’s golf team was well represented Tuesday when Conference USA announced its individual honors. UCF’s Greg Eason (Leicester City, England) was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year, and Bryce Wallor was selected as the conference coach of the year.
Junior Connor Arendell (Cape Coral, Fla.) was also named to the All-C-USA First Team. In addition to his freshman of the year award, Eason garnered spots on the all-conference second team, as well as the all-freshman squad.
The league’s 11 head coach voted for the awards. On April 26, the Knights used an impressive third-round performance to win the C-USA Championship title in Texarkana, Ark. UCF finished at 862 (-2), two shots ahead of second-place Memphis.
Eason, who placed second individually at 6-under 210, has enjoyed an incredible freshman campaign. He has played in all 10 of the team’s events and has recorded seven top-10 finishes. In only his second collegiate event, Eason took medalist honors at the Adams Cup of Newport in Rhode Island in September. He leads the squad with a 72.3 stroke average and received C-USA Golfer of the Week honors four times.
Arendell has also appeared in all 10 tournaments in 2010-11 and has posted four top-10 finishes. He took the individual title at the first event of the year – the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Indiana in September. Arendell tied for 13th at the league championship.
In his second campaign with the Knights, Wallor has led UCF to another successful season. His squad has won three tournament titles and as a result of claiming the C-USA Championship crown, secured a spot in the NCAA Regionals. In addition to the C-USA Championship title, the Knights also finished first at the Adams Cup of Newport and the Rio Pinar Invitational in March in Orlando.
The Knights registered seven top-five finishes during the year. UCF is currently ranked 32nd in the Golfstat NCAA Head-to-Head Rankings.