The University of South Florida men’s golf team carded a 18-over 302 in the opening round of the BIG EAST Championships on Sunday at the par-71 Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. The Bulls are in seventh place, nine strokes behind leaders Notre Dame and Louisville.
“I am very proud of the way that we came out of the gates today,” USF head coach Chris Malloy said. “Unfortunately, we stumbled a little coming in and gave a few shots back to the leaders. We have plenty of golf left to get ourselves in position to win a Big East Championship. Robby really gave us a spark and it is great to see our senior leader play well.”
Senior Robby Carl is tied for third place after shooting his best round of the season, a 1-under 70, to open play on Sunday. He is followed on the leader board by Rick Kittelstad, who posted a 5-over 76 and sits in a tie for 24th.
The Bulls four-score total was rounded out by Aaron Fitzpatrick in 33rd place with a first-round 77 and Devin Patel in a tie for 44th after opening the tournament with a 79.
Devin Hernandez struggled to close his round, finishing with an 81 and in a tie for 54th.
Karsten Clements of Louisville and Joe Kastelic of Cincinnati are tied for the individual lead after shooting 2-under 69s on Sunday.
The Bulls will play the second round with Marquette and Connecticut beginning at 8:50 a.m. on Monday.