After reaching the NCAA Regional Tournament for the fourth consecutive year, the UCF womens golf season came to a close as their National Championship hopes were washed away by the tough competition in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.
The No. 24 Knights began and ended the season as if they were looking to prove something to the college golf world. Through 10 tournaments, the Knights were led by four different golfers and saw just two double-digit finishes in fields of notoriously great golf schools.
After a third place and three fifth place finishes, the Knights turned on the jets in the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament, finishing on top of the nine-team field.
During the AAC Championship, senior Monifa Sealy left her mark on the program with her first career collegiate win after winning a one-hole playoff.
Including Sealy, the Knights will graduate Fanny Cnops and Robyn Doig on the eight-woman roster.
Sophomore Ashley Holder stepped up for the Knights in ways that head coach Emily Marron could have only dreamed of. She finished in first place at the Landfall Tradition in October and had three top-10 finishes through 10 events.
Holder was ranked No. 46 overall in NCAA Division I womens golf and finished tied for 15th in the Raleigh Regional. She boasted the best shooting average on the Knights' team with 73.1 and carded a team-low 209 through 54 holes.
Another pleasant surprise that will be paying off in the near future was freshman Laura Sojo's incredible golf game.
The Colombia native was ranked as the No. 19 golfer in the 2014 recruiting class by Golfweek and ended the season as the No. 96 player in the country. She got a great taste of what it takes to be a college golfer after playing nine of 10 events for the Knights, finishing sixth in the UCF Challenge in February.
Sojo and Holder carded the lowest average per 18 holes for UCF.
The Knights left the saddle as a very competitive squad for the fourth season in a row and look to be even better next year with a few players who have veteran abilities.
Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JHeil11 or email him at JarrodHCentralFloridaFuture.com.