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Men’s golf to defend ‘home’ turf

The men’s golf team looks to make the most of a home field advantage as it hosts the Ron Smith USF Invitational at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club today through Sunday.

Coach Jim Fee is emphasizing the need for his team to remain focused as the Bulls look to improve after finishing 10th in their last tournament, the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando.

“Sometimes you can get ahead of yourself and that can be a killer,” Fee said. “That’s what hurt us in the last tournament and I think just staying focused on the shot in front of them is what they need to do.”

Weather forecasts are calling for a breezy weekend and the possibility of rain Saturday. Fee knows the weather could play a factor in his team’s outcome.

“It will be interesting to see what kind of scores are shot with the weather conditions,” he said. “If it’s windy, this golf course can be tough.”

Fee placed Tyler Hitchcock and Justin Fetcho in the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, and both are looking forward to playing a Lake Jovita course the team knows well.

“It’s definitely an advantage, because we know some of the shortcuts,” Hitchcock said. “The other teams won’t have that advantage,” Fetcho said. “Lake Jovita is pretty much a home course for us because we’ve played it so many times.

“It is a tough course, and we have far more experience on it than the other teams who only get to play one practice round on it.”

The team’s last tournamentat Lake Jovita was during last season’s Big East Championship, where the team finished in fourth place.

Also scoring for the Bulls will be Luigi Cargiulo, Jason Elliott and Kevin Tilbury, while Raj Nahal will be playing as an individual.