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USF’s Claudio Correa named AAC golfer of the year, Bradley top coach

The senior from Santiago, Chile won last week's American Athletic Conference tournament
USF senior Claudio Correa won the individual title by three strokes at last week's American Athletic Conference tournament. (JOEY KNIGHT | Times)
USF senior Claudio Correa won the individual title by three strokes at last week's American Athletic Conference tournament. (JOEY KNIGHT | Times)
Published May 3, 2018

Nine days after winning the individual title at the American Athletic Conference tournament at Innisbrook, USF senior Claudio Correa has been named the conference's men's golfer of the year.

Fourth-year Bulls coach Steve Bradley, whose team won its fourth consecutive league title in wire-to-wire fashion over 54 holes, was named coach of the year. Bradley leads the No. 4-seeded Bulls into the NCAA's Kissimmee Regional, which begins May 14 at Reunion Resort's Watson Course.

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Correa, a native of Santiago, Chile, has averaged a team-best 71.2 over 33 rounds, notching six top-10 finishes. He had two runner-up finishes before firing a 6-under-par 207 over three days on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course to win low medalist honors by three strokes.

"It was a no-brainer in my opinion and well-deserved," Bradley said.

"Claudio has worked extremely hard to get himself in a situation where he could have earned these honors. All kudos and credit to him for his work ethic and what he's done to improve his game."

Two other USF seniors, Cristian DiMarco and Freedom High alumnus Jimmy Jones, also made the all-conference team after tying for second at the AAC tourney (3-under 210).