USF Senior Writer
Head men's golf coach Chris Malloy is pleased about what he has to work with after seeing what the Bulls did in their season opener.
USF finished in a tie for second place at 24 under in the 12-school Golfweek Program Challenge in Pawley's Island, S.C.
Freshmen Branden Collins and Trey Valentine each posted 9-under scores in their USF debuts to finish in a tie for fourth place individually. Joining them in the Top 10 was sophomore Bodi Karsono, who ended up just one shot behind in sixth place.
"We have so many positives to take away from this week," Malloy said. "We had two freshmen finish in the Top 5 individually and a sophomore in the Top 10. Usually that translates into a team victory."
Collins finished under par in all three days of the tournament after coming to USF from Leon High School in Tallahassee.
"Branden played extremely well all week," Malloy said. "It was good to see him get some tournament experience under his belt. I am proud of the way he prepared himself for this tournament."
Valentine, from Viera High School in Melbourne, posted his best score of the tournament Tuesday with a 5-under 67 that moved him up from seventh place.
"Trey is a very tough young man," Malloy said. "He really stepped up when we needed him this week."
Karsono was 1 under Tuesday after firing a 69 and a 68 in the first two rounds.
"It is great to see Bodi come out and have a fantastic tournament. This will really help his confidence going forward," Malloy said.
Junior Devin Hernandez finished in a tie for 37th place at 3 over for the Bulls.
Campbell won the tournament with a 31-under score, while Jacksonville State joined USF at seven shots behind the champion.The Bulls return to tournament action in South Carolina Oct. 2-3 when they play in the Rees Jones Invitational at Dafuskie Island.