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#SpringOfRings: USF Women’s Golf Completes Comeback, Wins John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate By 22 Strokes

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USF women’s golf completed the comeback at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate today to claim their second team title of the season with a 26-over 890 at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, GA.

The Bulls got off to a terrible start in the tournament by carding a 15-over 303 in the first round to put themselves 12 strokes behind Murray State. Senior Natalia Villavicencio and freshman Ramya Meenakshisundaram each shot even-par on the back nine to each card a 2-over 74 to help the Bulls from falling out of contention on Sunday.

Moving Day Monday saw the Bulls shoot up the leaderboard with a 5-over 293 (20-over for the tournament) and get into a tie for first place with Murray State after the second round. Villavicencio shot an even-par 72, while senior Jacqueline Twitty and junior Sadie Dewinton-Davies each shot 1-over 73.

In what was a competitive tournament at the top quickly turned into a laugher as the Bulls turned a tie into a 22-stroke victory. Twitty carded an eagle on No. 6 and never looked back on her way to a 2-under 70 to lead USF on Tuesday. She finished the tournament in third place at 4-over.

Villavicencio carded another steady even-par performance to claim the individual tournament title, her second of the season. As a team, the Bulls shot a 6-over 294 to easily cruise to victory as Murray State collapsed with a 28-over final round.

The Bulls will now look to build on the success of this season at the American Athletic Conference tournament April 14-16 at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.

Final Scores

  • Villavicencio: 74, 72, 72 (2-over 218)
  • Twitty: 77, 73, 70 (4-over 220)
  • Dewinton-Davies: 78, 73, 74 (9-over 225)
  • Meenakshisundaram: 74. 75. 78 (11-over 227)
  • Stone: 78, 77, 80 (19-over 235)