By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The USF women's golf team will start its NCAA Championship run in Columbus, Ohio.
The Bulls are set to begin NCAA Regionals at the Ohio State site after becoming an automatic qualifier for the tournament by winning the program's first-ever Big East Championship last week. The regionals are the preliminary round of the NCAA Championship and take place May 10-12 at designated sites. A total of eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
"I'm excited about the Central Regional," USF head coach Marci Kornegay said. "There are several teams that we've seen and beaten this past year. It is a course that you must play smart on and that is one of our goals this entire year is to learn where to hit the shots."
The Bulls went into the final round of the Big East Championship with a five-shot lead, trailed the Irish at one point and roared back to win the tournament by a stroke last Tuesday at the Reunion Resort and Club.
"That was a unique championship deal to experience that, especially this being our first Big East win in program history," Kornegay said.
The Bulls' ability finish strong helped them join USF's 2007 women's tennis team, the 2008 men's soccer team and the 2009 men's tennis team as Big East tournament champions. USF has won Big East regular season titles in softball and men's soccer twice with the Bulls taking the Red Division this season.