Tom Hagerty

Freshmen Lead USF Into Spring Opener

February 17, 2013


USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - The Bulls start their spring Monday with 36 holes in tough conditions at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate.

Forecasts for Hilton Head, S.C., call for high winds and a high of 50 during the first two rounds of the two-day tournament. USF head coach Chris Malloy sees a day most would want to stay indoors as a perfect opportunity for the Bulls to thrive in bad weather.

"The thing we struggled the most with in the fall was being mentally tough and that's going to be put to the test this week with the weather on a very hard golf course," Malloy said. "If they maintain a good attitude, I'll be happy."

Freshmen Chase Koepka and Jeffrey Meltzer will lead a USF lineup that includes Richard James, Devin Hernandez and Trey Valentine.

Koepka and Meltzer have won the majority of USF's qualifiers this spring and Malloy likes what he's seen from the youngsters overall.

"The freshmen have played extremely well out of the gates in qualifiers and practice," Malloy said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how they travel and I expect nothing but good things."

The Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate field includes host Francis Marion, defending champion Georgia State, UConn, DePaul, Samford, Campbell, Davidson College, Dayton, Elon University, Georgia Southern, Ohio, Presbyterian College, Radford University, University of Richmond, USC Aiken, Western Carolina and William & Mary.

Both days of the tournament begin with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m.

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