The UCF men’s golf team finished its first tournament of the season in seventh out of 14 universities at the Northern Intercollegiate on Sept. 13.
Rich Harvest Farms is rumored to be one of the tougher courses UCF cleats will trot this season, which will also be the host course of the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s National Championships. But the links were just right for freshmen Donnie Trosper, who led UCF with a 5-over-par tournament and finished tied for 13th place.
"I am very happy with our start to the season," UCF head coach Bryce Wallor said in a press release. "We had a few young players in Donnie Trosper and Manuel Elvira score well this week. This was a difficult course. Overall, the team fought very hard for our result."
In 2014, Trosper won four American Junior Golf Association tournaments, which tied Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for second all-time.
Sophomore Manuel Elvira finished 18th in the 79-player, three-round tournament, shooting 8 over par.
Trosper showed up to the party with a cool 73 (+1) in his first collegiate round of golf while Elvira got accustomed to the crisp Illinois air with a 77 (+5). Trosper, the true freshmen from Canton, Michigan, dropped on the board a bit during the second round with a 75 (+3), but Manuel Elvira was in true form to keep the Knights alive with a clutch 73 (+1) for the round.
During the third round, Trosper came back into his own with another 73 (+1) and Elmira kept it consistent with a 74 (+2). The Knights swung back down south with a 906 (+42) on the weekend.
Juuso Kahlos shot 14 over for 44th place, Ryan Stovash was 25 over and finished tied for 69th and Andrew Arft was 78th with a 34 over par.
Landon Stinson is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.