BATON ROUGE, La., MAY 15, 2017 – USF men's golf is in comeback mode heading into the final two rounds of the Baton Rouge Regional.
After shooting 1-under on the front nine, USF (+14) finished Monday's opening round in 10th place at host LSU's University Club (par 72, 7,372 yards).
No. 6 LSU (-12) has the lead and is followed in the top five by No. 18 Virginia (-6), No. 7 Oregon (-1), No. 19 Duke (+3) and No. 43 Kentucky (+4). The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six 54-hole regional tournaments will advance to the NCAA Championship rounds.
Claudio Correa led the way with a 2-over 74 that has him tied for 22nd place in the 75-player field. The junior from Santiago, Chile collected three of his four birdies during his even-par run on the front nine.
Just a shot behind Correa is Jimmy Jones, who went 1-over on the front nine and finished the day tied for 32nd at 3-over. The junior from Tampa has shot par or better in four of his past six rounds.
Junior Priyanshu Singh (Delhi, India) also is tied for 32nd at 3-over after leading the Bulls with a 2-under score on the front nine. Junior Cristian DiMarco (Longwood, Fla.) worked his way down to 1-under through 11 holes and finished the day tied for 53rd at 6-over.
“We played pretty well on the front and we did not play nearly as well on the back. It just looked like we had a combination of some poor execution maybe with some frustration and some adversity out there. We just didn't handle ourselves very well, which is unfortunate to see, but we did play solid on the front. If there are any positives, we're 10 shots out of the number right now and we've got 36 holes to play, so we've got a lot of golf to play.”
Bradley's thoughts on USF's ability to bounce back in the next two days of competition:
“There's no doubt in my mind and we're trying to impress upon them there should be no doubt in their mind that they can get it done. They've played pretty solid, they have the ability to do it. Today is going to be about trying to go back out on the range and kind of fixing what maybe went a little wrong out there. We'll work on our putting a little bit and then have a clean slate tomorrow morning. Hopefully we'll get a good dinner tonight, a good night of sleep and come out tomorrow morning and give it our best shot.”
“He played pretty solid. I know he made a bunch of birdies, but unfortunately made a couple doubles. His good is good and usually if he gets it going in the right direction good things happen for the entire team. I'm certainly happy with his better performance. We need everybody to step up and I think we'll be alright these next couple days.”
Rigel Fernandes will lead off USF's second round from the 10th hole Tuesday at 9:55 a.m. (EST). Get live scoring HERE.
About USF Men's Golf
USF men's golf returns three players from the 2015-16 team that made program history with a return trip to the NCAA Championship. The Bulls have won the past three American Athletic Conference Championships in head coach Steve Bradley's first three seasons with the program. Follow @USFMGolf on Twitter for the latest information concerning the program.