Many people know that former UCF Knights Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson are in the course of achieving their dreams in the professional sports world. Former Knight Greg Eason is walking another course, though — a golf course.
The golf standout, who earned a degree in communications in 2014, is making pars, birdies and cuts on the PGA Tour Canada in his first season as a professional.
For Eason, UCF was a brick laid down in the pathway to success.
"I just matured a lot as a person at UCF with the help of our golf coach, Bryce Wallor," Eason said.
Wallor, current head coach of the UCF men's golf team, continues to work with Eason as his swing coach. He is astonished by the native Englishman's work ethic, not only in college but in the professional ranks as well.
"[In college, Greg] was a guy who frequently stopped by my office with a notebook, and would say, 'What are a couple things I need to be working on,'" Wallor said. "All the success Greg has, he deserves. He's simply one of the hardest-working, most focused athletes I've ever seen."
The feeling is mutual.
"[Wallor's coaching impact has] been massive, night and day. He's really transformed my game," Eason said. "The difference has been astronomical."
The former American Athletic Conference Men's Golf Player of the Year participated in 12 PGA Tour Canada events. He only missed one cut and finished in the top 10 in four of them.
"It's such a difference between college and professional," Eason said. "There's a little more on the line."
A second-place finish at the Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, Ontario was his best of the year. He shot an impressive 16-under par to earn $16,200 Canadian dollars.
Through 46 rounds he shot an average score of 69.30 per 18 holes, which was good for fifth on the entire tour. His work ethic seems to be paying off. Eason finished fifth in the tour's order of merit and earned a Web.com tour card for next season. He brought home CAD $43,367 (U.S. $39,593) in the process.
"If I can stick to what I'm doing and keep my eyes on the prize, then it should be a great, really exciting 2015," Eason said.
Eason was pleased with his rookie campaign.
"I think it went very well," Eason said. "Any first-year guy, on any tour, would be happy to get a promotion to move off that tour onto a bigger one."
He will speak with Wallor and his agent soon to discuss offseason and next season's plans.