The Big East conference is calling the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Innisbrook home this week, as the property hosts both men and women’s golf conference championship events.
The three-day tournaments began Sunday and will end today. The men’s teams are competing on the Copperhead Course, while the women’s teams are on the Island Course.
Through 36 holes, the men’s team is holding strong in fourth place, 34 shots behind tournament leader Notre Dame. The Bulls have had scores of 302 and 300 to put them behind the Fighting Irish.
After the first day of competition, USF was just one shot behind Villanova for third place, but the Wildcats pulled away in the second round, keeping the Bulls at bay with a score of 293.
Senior Robby Carl is in position to claim a top-10 individual finish. He shot a one-under-par 70 in the opening round before shooting a four-over-par 75 in the second. He is currently tied for fifth place with Villanova’s Conor Casey. They are just two shots behind the overall leaders Karsten Clements, Niall Platt and Max Scodro of Louisville, Notre Dame and Notre Dame, respectively.
Junior Richard Kittelstad is the Bulls’ second-lowest scorer, sitting tied for 20th after rounds of 76 and 74. There are 60 golfers competing.
The first group to tee off for today’s final round – which features USF sophomore Devin Hernandez – will begin play at 8 a.m. Carl’s group will tee off at 8:40.
On the Island Course, the USF women’s team is also sitting in fourth place with one round to play, 33 shots behind tournament leader Notre Dame and just two shots behind Georgetown for third place. USF shot 310 and 315 and is 49 shots over par for the tournament.
Two Bulls – sophomore Shena Yang and junior Kelli Pry – are currently in the top 15 on the individual leaderboard.
Yang, who won the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge in March, is in sixth place after shooting 75 and 74 on the par-72 course. Yang was tied with Georgetown’s Eunae Jo after one round, but beat Jo by one shot in the second round Monday.
Pry climbed five spots from a tie for 18th to 13th with a five-over 77 Monday.
St. John’s’ Harin Lee is the only player under par after posting rounds of 73 and 69 to open up a three-shot lead on Notre Dame’s Kristina Nhim in second place. Yang is seven shots behind.
Emily Van Etten will be the first Bull off the tee for today’s final round at 8 a.m. Yang will begin her round at 8:40.