ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF senior Brad Schneider has earned the David Toms Award, which is presented to the men's collegiate golfer who has overcome adversity to achieve excellence, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.
In 2006, Schneider fractured his right femur while playing football with friends in his hometown of Valrico, Fla. Schneider endured nine surgeries and spent four months confined to a hospital bed. He was unable to walk without assistance for six months.
Thanks to physical therapy, Schneider learned to walk again and returned to the golf course eight months after his injury to chip and putt. He arrived at UCF In the fall of 2007 and redshirted while continuing to rehabilitate his injury.
Since 2008, Schneider has played in every tournament for UCF and has enjoyed great success. He has been a member of four NCAA Regional squads and one team that advanced to the NCAA Championship, and he has helped the Knights claim three Conference USA championships. Schneider has earned All-C-USA Second Team honors three seasons. As a senior, he has five top-10 individual finishes, and he earned medalist honors at the Northern Intercollegiate during the fall.
"It is a really cool award," Schneider said. "The injury was a hard thing to go through. I have been lucky to still be able to play golf at a competitive level. It is really nice to be honored this way."
Schneider and the Knights will compete in the NCAA Regionals in Stanford, Calif., starting May 17.
"The award recognizes all of Brad's dedication," UCF head coach Bryce Wallor said. "He has put in so much effort for his institution, our team and himself. I could not be more proud of him. To be recognized nationally for his comeback is a great acknowledgement of his hard work."