Football practice was canceled Monday due to persistent rainstorms. The team was scheduled to practice for about two hours at the Frank Morsani Practice Facility before meeting with the media.
Coach Skip Holtz waited until the last moment to see if conditions would improve, but was forced to cancel the practice just before its scheduled 4 p.m. start.
Practice is expected to resume later this week if weather conditions permit. The annual spring game will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. Admission is free and the game is open to the public.
Men’s golf struggles
The USF men’s golf team put together its strongest round of the weekend to climb to a 14th place finish at the FAU Spring Break Challenge in Delray Beach, Fla. Seventeen schools competed.
As a team, the Bulls shot a 10-over par 298 on the final day of competition. They had recorded scores of 310 and 304 in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Ohio State won the tournament over second-place finisher FAU by 11 strokes.
Sophomore Devin Hernandez had the best overall finish among all USF players, tying for 44th overall with a score of 224 strokes. Junior Devin Patel had the best single-round performance on the team, shooting a 2-under par 70 Sunday.
“This weekend did not turn out the way we would have liked, but I think this will help our guys get motivated to compete for a Big East Championship,” coach Chris Malloy said to gousfbulls.com. “The guys have a sour taste in their mouths right now and can use this as motivation. Devin Patel played a very solid round today and that should give him some momentum heading forward. I am excited about getting back to work with my team and preparing to win a Big East Championship.”
South Florida has a little over two weeks to rebound from the performance before hosting the Big East Championships at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Innisbrook, Fla., from April 17-19.
Women tie for fourth
The USF women’s golf team was also in action over the weekend, finishing tied for fourth at the Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Fla., hosted by James Madison University.
Sophomore Shena Yang led the Bulls and finished tied for ninth in the individual rankings with an aggregate score of 221. Yang has finished in the top 10 overall in all eight tournaments this season and won the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge on March 1.
Chattanooga claimed the team title with a score of 859 over the weekend, 44 strokes ahead of USF.
The Bulls will head to Oxford, Miss., to participate in the Ole Miss Intercollegiate this weekend.
Men’s tennis streak broken
The men’s tennis team, ranked No. 50 in the nation, had its three-match winning streak snapped Sunday by No. 25 Notre Dame, which beat the Bulls 6-1 in South Bend, Ind.
The lone bright spot for the Bulls (11-6, 2-1) was the play of senior Lucas Jovita, who is ranked No. 73 in the country. Jovita upset Notre Dame’s No. 58 Casey Watt in their singles match 6-2, 7-6. All five of the other singles matches and all three doubles matches went in the favor of the Fighting Irish.
South Florida will host Virginia Commonwealth at the USF Varsity Courts on Friday at 2 p.m.