USF Bulls claim Big East men’s golf title
The University of South Florida pulled away from the pack to win its first Big East men’s golf championship Tuesday at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee. USF combined to go 7 under on the back nine and finished at 6 under, four shots ahead of St. John’s. The Bulls were tied for the lead through 15 holes before seizing the conference’s automatic bid to NCAA Regionals. Freshman Chase Koepka finished second individually, one stroke behind Cincinnati’s David Tepe at 7 under. Junior Richard James played a big hand in USF’s finish by shooting a 68 with four birdies on the back nine, including three in a row on holes 14 through 16 — to finish in a tie for 11th with teammate Trey Valentine at 2 over.Devin Hernandez, the team’s No. 5 player, shot 69 in the final round and jumped up to 18th place at 4 over.
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