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

Another freshmen phenom propelling team into national conversation

Noah Goldberg

The UCF Knights Women’s Golf team is one of the school’s prime suspects in capturing the first conference title of the Big 12 era.

UCF returns a pair of accolade-winning players from last season alongside a freshman phenom already making waves in the college golf world.

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

2nd in AAC Tournament; Selected to Palm Beach Gardens Regional at No. 4 seed

The Knights ended their time in the AAC with a record four Knights on the All-AAC team. They would help the team get a runner-up finish in the AAC Tournament and a selection to its 4th-straight NCAA Regional (2020 does not count since the NCAA golf postseason was canceled) and the 9th time in 12 years.

Three Knights picked up individual victories, including Tunrada “Pat” Piddon and Pimpisa “Sandwich” Sisutham.

UCF ended up finishing seventh in the Palm Beach Gardens Regional, coming up short of an NCAA Championship bid.

This Season

Ranked 13th in the nation entering Spring

The Knights enter the spring season ranked #13 in the Clippd rankings. They are the second-highest ranked Big 12 team, only behind #7 Texas. They are also 14 spots ahead of the third highest-ranked Big 12 team, #27 Houston.

The team is coming off a fall in which it never finished outside of the top five, even picking up two wins at the Evie Odom Invitational and the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate to attain the ninth multi-win season in program history.

It’s these successes that have led Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine to predict that the Knights will win the Big 12 Championship.

Additionally, six of the program’s Top 13 lowest 18-hole team scores and three of the program’s Top 6 lowest 54-hole team scores in program history were shot last fall.

Who’s in Charge

Emily Marron - 12th season at UCF

The pandemic notwithstanding, Emily Marron remains perfect in sending at least one Knight to an NCAA Regional since she began her tenure back in 2011. For this, she was rewarded with a contract extension through 2028.

With the team’s two wins this fall, Marron has now led the Knights to four of the program’s nine total multi-win seasons.

Listen to our team preview interview with Coach Marron here:

Player to Watch

Pimpisa “Sandwich” Sisutham

Following her breakout freshman campaign, in which she set a program 18-hole record en route to her first win in February, Sandwich has continued her momentum into the fall. She began with a 202 (-11) performance in the season-opener, the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.

She ended up with three Top 10 individual finishes overall (it might have been four if she had not been disqualified in the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate).

As of the writing of this article, she ranks #39 in the nation this season in Clippd’s individual rankings.

Who We’ll Miss

Tunrada “Pat” Piddon

While Tunrada “Pat” Piddon helped the Knights with their success in the fall, getting a couple of Top 10 individual finishes, her graduation in December marks her departure from the program.

She has four individual wins under her belt, more than three-time AAC Player of the Year Ashley Holder.

Piddon finished her Knights career with a 71.97 scoring average, the lowest in program history. She also set the lowest single-season scoring average in program history three times: a 71.9 in 2019-20, a 71.71 in 2021-22 and a 71.68 in 2022-23.

Anna Nordfors

The Campbell transfer may have only been with the Knights for a single season, but she made it count. She was selected to the All-AAC team and broke the program’s 54-hole score record (195, -21) to win the individual title at the UCF Challenge.

Who’s New That’s Good

Molly Smith

For the second straight season, UCF has a freshman phenom on its hands.

Molly Smith has never finished outside the Top 15 individually in her first four collegiate events, even shooting the third and fifth-lowest 54-hole individual scores in program history.

Like Sisutham last season, Smith also has picked up an individual title in her freshman campaign, doing so at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate. This has helped propel her to #14 in Clippd’s individual rankings.

Even before joining the Knights, Smith made headlines by becoming the first woman to qualify for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship.

Smith comes from a golfing family. Her sister, Morgan, is currently a freshman at Georgetown and their younger sister, Maggie, is a varsity golfer for her high school alma mater, Westford Academy.

Roster Breakdown

  • 3 Freshman
  • 1 Sophomore
  • 2 Senior
  • 1 Grad-Student
  • 6 International Players (England, Ecuador, France, Ireland, and Thailand)

Spring 2024 UCF Women’s Golf Schedule

Name Year Hometown 2022-23 School Fall 2023 Stats
Name Year Hometown 2022-23 School Fall 2023 Stats
Emma Baier Fr. Quito, Ecuador Did Not Play
Jess Baker Sr. Newcastle, England UCF 2 Top 20 finishes in 4 tournaments
Camille Banzet Sr. Strasbourg, France UCF Played in 3 tournaments
Katie Poots Fr. Belfast, Ireland Did Not Play
Brittany Shin Gr. Cape Coral, Fla. Oregon 2 Top 20 finishes in 4 tournaments
Pimpisa "Sandwich" Sisutham So. Bangkok, Thailand UCF 3 Top 10 finishes in 4 tournaments
Molly Smith Fr. Westford, Mass. Westford Academy 1 win, 2 Top 5 and 4 Top 15 finishes in 4 tournaments

Schedule Breakdown

Spring 2024 UCF Women’s Golf Schedule

Days Date(s) Tournament Location Host 2022-23 Team Result
Days Date(s) Tournament Location Host 2022-23 Team Result
Sunday-Tuesday Feb. 4-6 UCF Challenge Orlando, FL UCF 4th
Sunday-Tuesday Feb. 18-20 Moon Golf Invitational Melbourne, FL Louisville T-7th
Saturday-Sunday Mar. 2-3 Gators Invitational Gainesville, FL Florida T-2nd
Monday-Tuesday Mar. 11-12 Briar's Creek Invitational Kiawah Island, SC College of Charleston 2nd
Sunday-Monday Apr. 7-8 Texas Showdown Dallas, TX SMU N/A
Monday-Wednesday Apr. 18-20 Big 12 Championship Hockley, TX Big 12 N/A

NCAA Tournament

  • Selection Day: April 24
  • Regional Dates: May 6-8
  • Championship Dates: May 17-22
  • Championship Location: Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California

The Last Time...

UCF won a conference championship: 2017. Not since the days of Ashley Holder has the UCF Women’s Golf team hoisted a conference championship trophy.

UCF made it to the NCAA Championship: 2019. It was only the 2nd time in program history that the team advanced to the championship after the 1996 season.

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