UCF is heading to the NCAA Regionals after running away with the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament. The team shot 4-over par, which was eight strokes better than second-place Southern Methodist University.

The No. 23 Knights, according to, were led by senior Monifa Sealy, who was crowned the champion after two playoff holes. Sealy held a share of the lead after the 54-hole event with a 3-under, and after playing the 18th in both playoff holes, she made par the second time around to clinch the win.

Sealy became the first individual Knight to win a conference tournament since 1996 when Kristin Putman took home the honors in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

"They came up here really, really motivated and we were led by our seniors. Monifa Sealy was determined not to let that happen again," head coach Emily Marron said in a statement.

Sophomore Ashley Holder finished one stroke back at 2-under to tie for third — only five of 45 players recorded a score under par.

Freshman Lauren Sojo rounded out the Knights' players in the top 10 with a 2-over. She finished tied for eighth.

Sophomore Ayaka Nakayama shot 8-over to tie for 17th and, Fanny Cnops rounded out the Knights in a sole 22nd place, shooting 9-over par.

The location of the NCAA Regionals has not been announced, but the tournament will take place May 7 to May 9.


Jarrod Heil is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Find him on Twitter @JHeil11.