The USF men’s golf team put forward a fairly disappointing effort this week in the Baton Rouge Regional of the NCAA Tournament. And that might be putting it nicely.
Entering the final round of play on Wednesday morning, USF was at +42 overall and in a tie for 12th place out of 14 teams. The poor performance through the first two days was even more alarming after the Bulls cruised to their third consecutive conference title just a few weeks ago to make their fifth straight NCAA Regional appearance.
USF junior Jimmy Jones was the lone bright spot for the Bulls with 23 pars and six birdies through the first 36 holes.
Needing to climb into the top five to advance to their third straight championship, things didn’t get much better for USF on Wednesday, even though they had their best round of the tournament.
Junior Cristian DiMarco led off USF’s final round from the 10th hole and would go on to finish +4, shooting a 76 on the day. Jimmy Jones finished the final round at -1, shooting a 71. Jones helped USF finish on a high note (if we can call it that) pushing the team up into a tie for 10th place, which is where the Bulls’ season would end. Complete team and individual results can be found here.
It was certainly a frustrating result for a USF team coming into the NCAA tournament on such a high note, looking poised for a solid run in Steve Bradley’s third year at the helm.
So with an early men’s golf exit, the #SpringOfRings chapter at USF is down to just baseball. This spring may end with not as many rings as we all wanted.