In as dominating a performance as any USF team has ever had in a conference tournament, the men's golf team coasted to a 13-stroke victory for the 2015 AAC Championship at Black Diamond in Lecanto, Florida. Senior Ryan Ficker was also named the individual champion with a three round total -11 (205), two shots better than SMU's Bryson Dechambeau.
All five Bulls placed in the Top 18, with fellow senior Trey Valentine also standing out finishing T3 at -7.
The Bulls were ranked 18th in the nation entering the tournament according to Golfweek, but golf rankings involve all sorts of math and Jeff Sagarin, so who knows where the Bulls will land when the season is completed. But USF is guaranteed a slot in the NCAA Tournament, and will find out where they're going on May 4th during Morning Drive on The Golf Channel.
Men's golf has six regionals, with Washington, Yale, Univ. San Diego, Texas Tech, Ball State, and North Carolina serving as host schools. Three of the regionals will have 13 teams, and three will have 14 teams. The best five teams at each regional head to NCAA Championships for a total of 30 schools in the finals.
As for the finals: USF is hosting! Though the NCAA got all hoity-toity and won't let us cheat too much, the finals will be at The Concession in Bradenton May 29th to June 3rd. The format is 54 holes for each team, then they'll cut to 15 teams for the fourth day. After all four days are played, the top eight teams head to match play for the title. The individual title will be given the end of the first four days of stroke play.
A big congrats to the Bulls and head coach Steven Bradley, who seem to have all the stars lining up for them to make some serious noise on a national scale to finish 2015.
Also congratulations to USF women's golf sophomore Ashley Burke, who qualified as one of 10 individuals not on an already-qualified team for the NCAA Women's Regional hosted by North Carolina State.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Show <a href="https://twitter.com/ashleyburke_">@ashleyburke_</a> some Bulls love for qualifying for the NCAA East Regional hosted by NC State May 7-9. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USFgolf?src=hash">#USFgolf</a> <a href="http://t.co/80zmjgCVyf">pic.twitter.com/80zmjgCVyf</a></p>— USF Golf-Kornegay (@USFBullsGolf) <a href="https://twitter.com/USFBullsGolf/status/593045319652347904">April 28, 2015</a></blockquote>
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