The University of South Florida women’s golf team posted a final round 309 on Tuesday to earn a third-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships. The Bulls’ totaled 934 strokes on a very challenging Island Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Only eventual champion Notre Dame posted a round below 300 during the three days, and only four individuals posted scores of par or better in any single round.
“I'm proud of the team's comeback today,” USF head coach Marci Kornegay said. “They played with a lot of heart today and throughout the entire year. Shena Yang is probably replaying a few holes to find 5 shots that could have put her in contention. She'll start thinking about being an individual at the NCAA Regional in a couple of weeks.”
Yang was the Bulls top finisher at 225 total strokes after a final-round 76. She earned her second top-5 finish at this event in as many years, placing fifth after a runner-up finish as a freshman.
Kelli Pry tied for 14th at 235 total strokes on the strength of a 79 on Tuesday, and Karli Heimbecker posted a final-round 78 to finish the tournament at 236 strokes and in 16th place.
Seniors Ana Lopez and Emily Van Etten concluded their USF careers with their best rounds of the tournament. Lopez carded a 76 for a three-day total of 239 and a tie for 19th, and Van Etten posted a 79 to finishat 242 strokes and in 24th.
“I'm proud of the determination of our seniors,” Kornegay said. “They fought all the way to the last hole in their last tournament as Bulls, and it showed in their scores today.”
The BIG EAST tournament concludes team play for the 2010-11 season, but Yang will find out if she has earned a NCAA Regional bid as an individual on April 25.
3. South Florida 310-315-309--934
5. Shena Yang 75-74-76--225
T14. Kelli Pry 79-77-79--235
16. Karli Heimbecker 76-82-78--236
T19. Ana Lopez 81-82-76--239
24. Emily Van Etten 80-83-79--242