Bulls Wrap Up Regular Season at NC State
EVENT: Wolfpack Spring Open
SCHEDULE: Friday (36 holes) – Saturday
LOCATION: NC State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, N.C.
COURSE FORMAT: Par 71, 7,046 yards
LIVE SCORING: Golfstat.com
TWITTER UPDATES: @USFMGolf
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, APRIL 13, 2017 – USF men’s golf will shoot for its second straight title in the regular season finale at the Wolfpack Spring Open.
Action at NC State’s two-day tournament begins with 36 holes Friday at Lonnie Poole Golf Course (par 71, 7,046 yards) in Raleigh, N.C. USF placed second at the event last spring and all five Bulls in the lineup finished in the top 20.
Head coach Steve Bradley’s Bulls head to North Carolina with increased confidence after capturing the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship crown the last time out on April 4. It marked USF’s first tournament victory since defending its American Athletic Conference Championship title last spring on the way to the NCAA Championship.
USF is looking to strengthen its NCAA postseason resume before the American Athletic Conference Championship April 23-25 at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Claudio Correa moves up to the top spot in the lineup after tying for fourth place with teammate Jimmy Jones with a 5-under score at Old Waverly. Correa, a junior from Santiago, Chile, carded a 3-under total score last spring at NC State’s event and tied for eighth place.
Cristian DiMarco will tee off from the second spot seeking his third top-25 finish in the past four outings. The junior from Longwood, Fla., placed second at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on Feb. 28 and leads the Bulls with a 72.1 scoring average this season.
Rigel Fernandes looks to continue his hottest stretch of the season from the third spot. The senior from Bradenton, Fla., tied for fourth at the Valspar Collegiate Championship on March 21 and tied for 15th at Old Waverly.
Priyanshu Singh is coming off his best performance in the lineup this season. The junior from Delhi, India tied for 17th at Old Waverly with a 1-under score in the second top-25 finish of his debut season as a Bull.
Kyle Flexsenhar takes injured Jones’ place in the lineup for what will be the freshman’s seventh event of the season. The Lake Mary, Fla., native previously was in the lineup this spring at the Gator Invitational and Valspar Collegiate Championship.
Host and 42nd-ranked NC State, No. 15 Clemson, No. 19 Duke, Temple, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, East Tennessee State, UNCG, UNCW, Loyola-Maryland, Francis Marion, Manhatton and Western Carolina.
Friday's opening round begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Saturday's final round gets underway at 8 a.m.
Head coach Steve Bradley on last week’s title win and the importance of success at the Wolfpack Spring Open:
“In our sport, confidence is king. Their heads have been held a little higher and they’ve got a lot more confidence. At the end of the day, we still have a lot of work to do and this is a big week for us in regards to NCAA postseason. It’s a solid field with four or five teams ranked ahead of us and we need to go out there and play well. We’re still fighting for an NCAA postseason berth and this week would go a long way in solidifying that.”
Bradley on the Bulls’ approach with Jimmy Jones out of the lineup with an injury:
“Jimmy is hurt and he’s not going to play this week, so Kyle is playing in his place. Everybody needs to do their job is kind of our motto right now. You just go do your job and the team will be fine.”
Bradley on USF’s past success at the Wolfpack Spring Open and the appeal of playing it again this year:
“We finished second last year to NC State. We had some good individual scores from returners like Claudio, Rigel and Cristian. It’s a possible NCAA Regional site for us next postseason, so that was kind of the appeal. Next year, if we make postseason, we could end up at one of the six different sites up here. We could have anywhere from two to four guys playing this tournament before, which would be helpful.”
- USF has placed in the top 10 in eight of nine events this season. The Bulls have won at least one title in each of head coach Steve Bradley’s first three seasons with the program (10 total).
- Lonnie Poole Golf Course was the site of an NCAA men’s regional in 2014 and a women’s regional in 2015.
About USF Men’s Golf
USF men’s golf returns four of seven players from the 2015-16 team that made program history with a return trip to the NCAA Championship. The Bulls have won the past two American Athletic Conference Championships in head coach Steve Bradley’s first two seasons with the program. Follow @USFMGolf on Twitter for the latest information concerning the program.