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USF golf teams struggle in away tournaments

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Last weekend was not a good for the University of South Florida golf programs. The women placed sixth in a nine-team field at the Ping Tulsa Tour in Oklahoma. The men struggled with a 16th place finish at the Dixie Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ga.

"The weather was miserable and the course was hard as hell," said women's coach Dan Gierlach. "We were eighth going into the final round so we managed to pick up two places. Our goal was to finish in the top five."

Host Tulsa won the tournament by finishing four strokes ahead of Kentucky. The Golden Hurricane were led by Kelly Robbins' tournament-best 232.

"They have three real good players," said Gierlach. "The difference was that they were playing on their own course. We were as good as anybody there."

The Bulls' next tournament is the Tiger Tide Nov. 2-4 at Destin, Ala. It is hosted by Alabama and Auburn. Sue Veasey, who finished fourth overall at Tulsa with a 237, will be unable to attend because of another commitment.

Gierlach said he is planning to bring sophomore Cynthia Houge to Destin along with Jennie Holloway, Anna Acker, Margie Arnold and Sally Dee.

A third round score of 308 prevented the men's team from finishing higher at the Dixie Intercollegiate . One bright spot was the play of redshirt freshman Daryl Martin, who led the Bulls with scores of 74-72-75_221.

"Daryl is going to be a fine player," said coach Bob Shiver. "He needs to work on his short game and needs experience. He is a hard worker and I feel very good about him."

Despite Martin's efforts, Shiver did not feel very good about the team as a whole.

"We have played very poorly our first and second times out this year," he said. "We had a good first two rounds, but we went the other way during the final round and that cost us a few spots. Hopefully we can get our act together the next time out."

The next men's tournament will be the State Intercollegiate at Golden Ocala Golf Course Nov. 4-5.

Pro-Am tournament: The 13th Annual Easter Seal Guild Pro-Am Golf Tournament is scheduled for Avila Golf and Country Club on Dec. 3. At present, Gary Koch, Mark Lye, Dave Barr and Mike Sullivan are among a host of professional golfers scheduled to appear.

The Easter Seal Pro-Am is the only pro-am in Hillsborough County to team PGA pros with amateurs. The field will be open to 100 amateurs, with an entry fee of $500. For information, please call Barbara Miller (961-6120) or Mary Newcomb (236-5589).

St. Lawrence Classic: Northdale Golf Club will host the second annual St. Lawrence School Golf Classic Nov. 10. There will be a 144-player field with an entry fee of $65 per player.

Bill Currie Ford will give away a truck for a hole in one. For more information, call Russell Spicola at 960-5930.

Juniors: The next Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association tournament will be held Nov. 18 at Silver Dollar Golf Club in Odessa.

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