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Everything You Need To Know About the 2023-24 UCF Men’s Golf Team

Knights looking for bounce back season to start Big 12 era

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The UCF Knights Men’s Golf team will not just be in a new conference, but will also feature a lot of new faces as it attempts to make its way back to an NCAA Regional after missing out as a team last year.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Knights as they start the spring portion of their 2023-24 season:

How College Golf Works

Each school has five golfers playing for the overall team score. While a school can enter more than five players in a tournament, if they do so the extra players have to be entered as individuals and will not count toward the team’s score.

A team’s total score comes from combining the scores of each of the golfers and subtracting the highest score.

The team with the lowest score after three rounds is the winner.

Last Season

4th in AAC Tournament; Two Individuals selected to Salem Regional

Thanks to another consistently low-scoring season from Johnny Travale and a breakout senior campaign from Luis Carrera, UCF was once again in the bubble conversation when it came to NCAA Selection time. However, the Knights ended up on the outside looking in last season as a team.

However, both Travale and Carrera did well enough to earn individual bids. Both competed in the NCAA Salem Regional, finishing in 48th and 27th overall respectively.

This Season

The Knights’ roster is dominated mostly by underclassmen, and of the four upperclassmen, two of them are transfers. So, this UCF squad will be one dominated by new faces, or at least faces that did not see regular playing time last season.

This showed in their fall performance as the squad never shot better than 860 strokes as a team in their three stroke-play tournaments and finished last in the Big 12’s Match Play Tournament. Clippd’s rankings have the Knights ranked at #157 in the country out of 306 programs.

“For being young, we were certainly down a little bit with what I expected for a competition in qualifying,” head coach Bryce Wallor said.

However, Wallor said that this partly had to do with injuries the team sustained, such as one player who needed abdominal surgery. Now, with the team back together, he expects the team team will do “a really good job.”

Who’s in Charge

Bryce Wallor - 15th season at UCF

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Since Wallor was hired back in 2009, he has taken the Knights to at least an NCAA Regional seven times as a team. Add three more seasons in which players earned individual bids to an NCAA Regional and that’s 10 out of 14 seasons (one of which was cut short due to the pandemic) that Wallor has coached at least one Knight into the postseason.

However, he said he had to coach the entire UCF team by himself last fall due to assistant coach Cameron Peck leaving for the same position at Houston. Wallor said he got “a few extra grey hairs” during those months, but now he has a new assistant in Will Hurt from James Madison.

Listen to our team preview video with Coach Wallor here:

Player to Watch

Egor Eroshenko

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The native Russian is coming into this season as the elder statesman of the Knights’ squad. He ranks 10th in program history in career scoring-average vs. par (73.17 scoring average, 1.54 vs. par)

He has shot consistently over his three fall tournaments, ending with a 12th-place effort at even par in the Fallen Oak Collegiate Invitational.

He ranks #400 in the nation individually in Clippd’s rankings and #166 in the PGA Tour University rankings.

“Golf has its ups and downs, so he has some great performances and some okay performances, but just to have him around the young guys, around the transfers to kind of set the foundation, it’s like having another coach with you when that guy’s got that much experience,” Wallor said.

Who We’ll Miss

Johnny Travale

RBC Canadian Open - Round One Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

After transferring in from Kent State in 2019, Johnny Travale became a consistent team leader, concluding his UCF career with the lowest career scoring average in program history (71.52). All four of his seasons as a Knight rank in the Top 12 in program history in scoring average vs. par, with his last season (71.39 average score, -0.29 vs. par) on par with his best season in 2020-21 (71.38 average score, -0.33 vs. par).

He was named to the AAC All-Conference team three times and qualified for NCAA Regionals alongside his team once and twice as an individual.

Luis Carrera

A transfer from Sam Houston State, Luis Carrera broke out in 2022-23 to shoot the third-lowest single-season scoring average vs. par in program history (71.21 scoring average. -0.52 vs. par). He was also selected to the AAC All-Conference team last season and joined Travale in qualifying for an NCAA Regional as an individual in 2023.

Who’s New That’s Good

Garret Ebbert

A true freshman out of Lake Mary, Ebbert made a splash in his first two tournaments, shooting under par and finishing in the Top 20 individually. However, a rough Fallen Oak Collegiate Invitational dragged his Clippd ranking down to #481 in the nation.

“He would go out, even in our qualifying rounds, and make a big number on the first hole and then make eight birdies and then come out the next round and make a big number on the second hole and make seven birdies and showed a lot of emotional maturity through our qualifying process and in tournament play,” Wallor said. “I was just really impressed with the physical transformation of his golf swing since his commitment and handling kind of the ups and downs of golf.”

Roster Breakdown

  • 4 Freshman
  • 3 Sophomores
  • 2 Junior
  • 1 Senior
  • 4 Floridians
  • 5 International Players (Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and England)

2023-24 UCF Men’s Golf Roster

Name Year Hometown 2022-23 School Fall 2023 Stats
Name Year Hometown 2022-23 School Fall 2023 Stats
Gustav Andersson Jr. Staffanstrop, Sweden Texas Tech 1 Top 25 overall finish in 3 tournamentsp layed
Garret Ebbert Fr. Lake Mary, Florida Lake Mary HS 1 Top 10, 2 Top 20 overall finishes in three tournaments
Egor Eroshenko Sr. Rostov on Don, Russia UCF 1 Top 15 finish in 3 tournaments
Nicholas Estrada Jr. Lake Worth, Fla. UCF Played in 2 tournaments
Chase Haygood So. Daytona Beach, Fla. UCF Played in 1 tournament; Finished 2nd overall in Sunshine State Amateur
Marc Keller Fr. Wollerau, Switzerland ISBerne Played in 2 tournaments
Cy Norman Fr. Benton, Illinois Benton HS Finished 11th overall in only tournament.
Hans Risvaer Fr. Miami, Florida Christopher Columbus HS 1 Top 25 in 3 tournaments
Tom Stephens So. Cornwall, England UCF Did Not Play
Jakob Stubhaug Jr. Floro, Norway Keiser University Played in 1 tournament
Cooper Tate So. Winter Garden, FL UCF Did Not Play

Schedule Breakdown

Spring 2024 UCF Men’s Golf Schedule

Days Date(s) Tournament Location Host 2022-23 Team Result
Days Date(s) Tournament Location Host 2022-23 Team Result
Monday-Tuesday Jan. 29-30 Sea Best Invitational Ponte Verde Beach, Fla. Jacksonville N/A
Saturday-Sunday Feb. 17-18 Vystar Credit Union Gator Invitational Gainesville, Fla. Florida N/A
Saturday-Monday Mar. 9-11 The Hayt Collegiate Ponte Verde Beach, Fla. North Florida 6th
Monday-Tuesday Mar. 18-19 ECU Intercollegiate Greenville, NC East Carolina N/A
Saturday-Sunday Mar. 24-26 Mobile Bay Intercollegiate Mobile, Ala. South Alabama N/A
Friday-Sunday Apr. 6-7 Augusta Haskins Award Invitational Augusta, GA Augusta University 7th
Monday-Wednesday Apr. 22-24 Big 12 Championship Trinity, TX Big 12 Conference N/A

NCAA Tournament

  • Selection Day: April 26
  • Regional Dates: May 13th-15th
  • Championship Dates: May 24th-29th
  • Championship Location: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa – Champions Course in Carlsbad, California

The Last Time...

UCF won a conference championship: 2011. Bryce Wallor began his tenure with the Knights with two consecutive Conference USA titles in 2010 and 2011. Despite the advancements in the NCAA tournament, he has not captured a conference title since.

UCF made it to the NCAA Championship: 2018.

UCF had no representatives in the NCAA Tournament: 2016. At least one Knight has been to at least an NCAA Regional in the years since.

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