The USF men’s golf team maintained the No. 5 spot at the Conference USA Championship and finished the tournament with a score of 885, 26 shots behind winner TCU.
The championship, which was played in Dade City, wrapped up Tuesday. The Bulls waited too long to come on strong; their best round was on the last day of the tournament when they shot an even par of 288.
Oscar Fraustro was the Bulls’ best player of the tournament and tied for seventh place with a score of 219 (three over par). For his efforts, Fraustro was named to third-team all conference. Brad Quiri shot a 222, second on the Bulls and tied for 20th overall.
The winner of the championship, TCU, has dominated the conference for the past three years. This is the Horned Frog’s third conference title in a row.
Women drop from first to third
After sharing the first-round lead with C-USA champion Tulane, the USF women’s golf team slipped in the rankings, finishing third overall, 29 shots behind the Green Wave.
The championship, which ended Tuesday, concluded with the worst day for the Bulls, who shot a tournament-high 331. Combined with the rest of the rounds, USF shot a 970, six shots in front of Louisville.
Senior Jill Crowe tied for fifth after shooting a three-round total of 235. Teammate Daniella Roderos tied for No. 14 with a total of 245 and Mary Calderon and Fernanda Rivera were tied at No. 16 with a score of 247.
Track teams start the buildup to conference tournaments
The USF track and field teams have only two meets left before they enter the Conference USA Championship, which begins May 13. But before the Bulls charge the competition in Louisville, the site of this year’s C-USA championship, they have two more weekends of practice.
The first competition for USF is in Des Moines, where it will compete in the Drake Relays. An event not sponsored by a university, the Drake Relays has been a sellout for the past 38 years and the director hopes to sell out again according to the event’s Web site www.drakerelays.org .
After the Drake Relays, the Bulls will hit the road for the eighth time this season when they travel to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Invitational. The invitational will be the last event before the C-USA Championship, which could be an advantage to the Bulls who will not have to travel as far as they usually do.
After the relays, the Bulls will have a little less than two weeks before they travel to Louisville, something they have not experienced since the beginning of March. The women’s team will look to mirror their indoor season where they claimed No. 2 in the conference. On the men’s side, the Bulls will look to Jimmy Baxter in the high jump and freshman Jaydian Miller in the long jump to continue their success.