Men's golf team misses cut at NCAAs
May Madness can be every bit as flighty -- and cruel -- as its March counterpart.
Competing on its grandest stage of the season, the Bulls men's golf team became the high-seeded conference champ that gets stunned in the early rounds. A weekend that commenced with promise ended in gut-wrenching, bracket-busting style.
A return to the Sweet 15 evaporated when the Bulls finished with an 11-over-par 291 team score in Sunday's third round to miss the cut at the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. For the weekend, USF finished in 26th place with a 36-over 876 through 54 holes. The top 15 teams advanced to the final round of stroke play.
Yet second-year coach Steve Bradley wasn't going to allow a swoon on the final weekend to overshadow an otherwise sparkling season.
“Four team wins, four individual wins, four all-conference guys and we won the conference championship,” Bradley told USF's athletic department website. “There is so much good that can’t detract from what happened this week.”
Leading the Bulls was sophomore Claudio Correa (4-over), who tied for 30th place and finished a shot from reaching the final round of stroke play as an individual. Senior Chase Koepka (5-over) tied for the 36th place, leading USF with an even-par 70 on Sunday.