USF women off to solid start at NCAA regionals
USF women's golf, making its first appearance in an NCAA regional in 21 years, had a solid opening round Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, ending the day in 11th place out of 24 teams, one stroke off the cut line for advancing to the NCAA championships.
The Bulls' top four rounds put them at 21 over par, 11 strokes behind leader Southern California, but just a stroke out of a three-way tie for eighth; the top eight schools will advance from each of three regionals.
Shena Yang and Anna Hancock had the low rounds for USF, each with 3-over-par 75s; Yang was actually 2 under on her front 9, but had five bogeys on the back half. Hancock had an eagle on the par-5 14th, then a birdie on 16 as part of her round. Two of USF's top golfers, Christina Miller and Kelli Pry, came in at 7 over and 8 over, with no birdies between them.
USF has two more rounds in Columbus, and just a slight improvement will put them in contention to advance to the NCAA championships, which will be May 22 in Franklin, Tenn.