Men's golf: Bulls hope to rebound at USF Invitational
Maybe the rolling hillsides of St. Leo will provide exactly the type of visual USF's men's golf team could use at this early-season juncture.
In their first spring tournament last weekend in Houston, the Bulls mostly epitomized flat.
Tenth out of 15 teams at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, the Bulls host 16 other squads at Lake Jovita's South Course in the three-day USF Invitational starting Sunday. Bulls coach Chris Malloy calls the field the best in tournament history.
USF will go off Sunday morning with Florida and FSU, leaving little time to dwell on a tournament in which it collectively finished 9-over-par.
"Even though we're a young team, even the young guys are learning to be great leaders," Malloy said. "And I tell them they have to have a short memory. It's no different than the PGA tour."
Six-foot-5 junior transfer Joseph Winslow, an honorable mention All-American at Iowa in 2012, led the Bulls last week, finishing with a 4-under 212 after shooting 70 each of the last two days.
Sophomore Chase Koepka, who emerged from the fall season ranked sixth nationally by Golfweek after winning two tournaments, finished 4-over including an opening-day 77. Malloy said he expects Koepka to rebound on a course rife with elevation and firm greens.
"He's really starting to come into form," Malloy said. "I look for him to play well."