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Courtesy: Tom Hagerty
James' Strong Finish Features Hole-in-One

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

Richard James’ hole in one highlighted his superb finish at the Linger Longer Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Reynolds Plantation, Ga.

The USF junior accomplished the incredible feat with a five iron on hole No. 14 and finished the tournament tied for second at 6 under. James also carded five birdies in the second and final round to finish just one stroke away from individual title winner Cory Whitsett from No. 2 Alabama.

“He played unbelievably against highly ranked players that were in the field,” head coach Chris Malloy said. “A second-place finish there is spectacular. He’s starting to settle into his own.”

The Bulls as a whole finished eighth among 14 teams in a loaded field that featured six ranked teams including four that are in the top 25. No. 2 Alabama took the team title and saw USF right behind in second with four holes to go in the first round.

“I think we learned that we can compete with anybody,” Malloy said. “Yesterday we were making a run at Alabama. We let some teams back into it but fortunately we have an opportunity to learn from that and get better. Good teams take learning experiences like this and capitalize on it.”

Chase Koepka finished in a tie for 23rd after carding a 1-under 71 in the second round, which resumed later than expected Sunday morning. The freshman posted an eagle on hole No. 2 and collected three birdies in the even that was reduced to 36 holes because of rain.

“He’s showing why he’s one of the best freshmen in the country,” Malloy said. “Now we have to get all five guys firing on all cylinders at one time and I think we can be pretty scary.”

The Bulls return to action April 7-8 at the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa. It will mark USF’s final event before competing at the Big East Championships April 28-30 in Orlando.

 

Team Leader Board

 

Course: Great Waters Golf Course: Championship Tees   Par 72 - 7073 Yards

current 
position

team

scoring

rounds

total 
score

to par

thru

today

1

2

1

2

Alabama

-16

F

  -9

281

279

560

2

 

Kennesaw State

E

F

  -3

291

285

576

3

14

Oklahoma State

+1

F

 E

289

288

577

4

10

Georgia Tech

+3

F

  -4

295

284

579

5

12

Georgia

+6

F

  +3

291

291

582

6

 

Mercer

+13

F

  +3

298

291

589

7

31

Oklahoma

+15

F

  +8

295

296

591

8

 

South Florida

+16

F

  +5

299

293

592

9

 

Charlotte

+19

F

  +10

297

298

595

10

 

Michigan State

+20

F

  +2

306

290

596

11

40

Liberty

+21

F

  +9

300

297

597

12

 

Jacksonville

+26

F

  +17

297

305

602

13

 

Minnesota

+30

F

  +10

308

298

606

14

 

Penn State

+48

F

  +25

311

313

624

 

USF Player Scores

T2

Richard James (3)

70

68

138

T23

Chase Koepka (1)

75

71

146

T41

Jeffrey Meltzer (5)

74

76

150

75

Trey Valentine (2)

82

78

160

79

Branden Collins (4)

80

85

165




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