Golf Weekly Notebook - March 2

It was a light week in BIG EAST golf, with just one men's team and three women's teams competing last week. Golf season gets into full swing this weekend, with the majority of teams hitting the links. The BIG EAST Men's and Women's Golf Championship will be held April 16-19 at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men
USF Invitational March 4-6 (Dade City, Fla.): Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, USF, Villanova
Caribbean Classic March 7-9 (Ponce, Puerto Rico): Connecticut, St. John's
Idle: Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall
 
Women
College of Charleston Tournament March 6-8 (Myrtle Beach, S.C.): Georgetown
Rio Verde Invitational March 4-6 (Rio Verde, Ariz.): Cincinnati
Idle: Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, USF
 
Men's Notes
Cincinnati: The Bearcats opened their season at The Match Play at TPC Tampa Bay Feb. 11-12. Cincinnati finished in a draw in two of its three matches, but lost the tiebreaker in both. UC tied St. John's 2.5-2.5 in its opening match, but lost the tiebreaker as the Red Storm won more holes. UC followed that with a 3-2 loss to USF. The Bearcats then drew 2.5-2.5 with DePaul, but also lost the tiebreaker as the Blue Demons won more holes. Senior Joe Kastelic was unbeaten in three matches during the tournament, winning a pair and halving a third.
 
Cincinnati is next at the Ron Smith/USF Invitational March 4-6.
 
Connecticut: The Huskies finished 1-2-1 at The Match Play at TPC Tampa Bay Feb. 11-12. Connecticut defeated Cleveland State 4-1 in the first round before falling to Xavier 4-1 in the second round and St. John's 3.5-1.5 in the third round. The Huskies finished the weekend with a 2.5-2.5 tie against Campbell. Four Huskies totaled two out of a possible four points on the weekend. Senior Chris DeLucia went 1-1-2 in his matches, while junior Matt Carroll, junior Adam Vaccari and sophomore Brian Hughes each went 2-2.
 
Hughes led the Huskies at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Tournament Feb. 21-22 finishing 24th individually. Hughes shot rounds of 75-74-78 to finish with a three-round total of 227 (+11). Connecticut finished 13th as a team.
 
The Huskies are back in action March 7 when the team competes at the Caribbean Intercollegiate at the Costa Caribe Resort in Puerto Rico.
 
DePaul: The Blue Demons have been one of the busier teams in the BIG EAST early in the season. DePaul started the spring season by posting a 1-2 record at The Match Play at TPC Tampa Bay Feb. 11-12.  The Blue Demons defeated Cincinnati in the final match of the weekend, earning the victory through the tournament's tiebreaker rules after the match was tied 2.5-2.5. Senior Charles Boucher and freshman Maximillian Mayer both earned victories in the match.
 
DePaul then defeated Ohio in a head-to-head matchup in South Carolina, before competing in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Feb. 21-22 in Hilton Head, S.C. The Blue Demons finished 12th in the tournament. Junior Ben Westley led DePaul in 26th place, firing a three-day total of 227 (+11). The squad is next at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla., March 4-6.
 
Georgetown: The Hoyas open their season March 21-22 at the William & Mary Invitational at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Pa.
 
Louisville: The Cardinals opened their spring season at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Ala. Feb. 21-22. Louisville finished 11th, firing team scores of 300, 301 and 291 over the three rounds to finish +25 for the tournament.
 
Senior Karsten Clements was the Cardinals' highest finisher, tying for ninth-place overall. He shot 219 (73-74-72) for the two days of the tournament. Junior Justin Dorward tied for 28th overall after carding a 222 (77-73-72), while sophomore Chris Malec was tied for 53rd at 227 (79-77-71).
 
Louisville is next at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla., March 4-6.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles opened their season at The Match Play at TPC Tampa Bay Feb. 11-12. Marquette went 2-2 in its four matches, winning its first two over Villanova and Notre Dame to earn a trip to the semifinal round. Marquette dropped the semifinal match to eventual champion Kennesaw State 4.5-0.5. Sophomore Ryan Prickette and junior Matt Haase were the only two MU players to record at least two individual victories in the team's four matches over of the weekend.
Marquette returns to action March 4-6 at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla.
Notre Dame: The Irish opened their season at The Match Play Feb. 11-12. Notre Dame, ranked 28th in the country, defeated Campbell on the final day to finish the tournament with a record of 2-1. Sophomore Paul McNamara earned two victories over the weekend, with a pair of 4&3 decisions from his No. 5 spot. Freshman Neil Platt also posted a pair of wins in the tournament. 
 
The Irish are next in action at the Notre Dame vs. Yale Challenge Cup in Greensboro, Ga. March 14.
 
Rutgers:Rutgers opens its season at the Siena College Homewood Suites Invitational March 18-19 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
St. John's: The Red Storm have competed in two early season tournaments, beginning the spring at The Match Play at TPC Tampa Bay Feb. 11-12. St. John's finished 2-1, defeating Connecticut and Cincinnati while losing to Ball State.
The Red Storm finished eighth in the Snowman Invitational Feb. 21-22 in Chandler, Ariz. St. John's accumulated a three-round total of 883 (+19), led by sophomore Pat Wilson's 12th-place finish. Wilson shot a 216 to finish even for the tournament, dropping a team-high 11 birdies. Freshman Ryan McCormick followed in a tie for 17th with a three-round total of 217 (+1).
St. John's is next at the Caribbean Classic at Costa Caribe Resort in Ponce, Puerto Rico March 7-9.
Seton Hall: Seton Hall opens its season March 14-15 at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
USF: The Bulls hosted The Match Play on Feb. 11-12 at TPC Tampa Bay. The Bulls posted a 3-1 record, defeating Cincinnati, Cleveland State and Morehead State. The lone loss for USF came against Ball State in the opening round. Junior Devin Patel led the Bulls with a 4-0 individual record and was named BIG EAST Golfer of the Week. Freshman walk-on Bodi Karsono earned his first collegiate victory and went 3-0-1 over the weekend. 
 
The Bulls were back on the course at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Feb. 21-22 in Mobile, Ala. USF finished in 10th-place, firing a three-round total of 890. Sophomore Aaron Fitzpatrick was the top finisher for the Bulls, tying for 21st with a score of 221 (+5).  
 
USF is next in action when the squad hosts the USF Invitational on March 4-6. The Bulls welcome 20 teams to the Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla., including BIG EAST foes Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and Villanova.
 
Villanova: The Wildcats placed 12th at the Wendy's Charleston Shootout on Feb. 26-28. VU shot a three-round total of 906 (302-299-305) at the 15-team tournament held at the Links at Stono Ferry. The Wildcats were led by senior Brendan Kelly, who notched his fourth top-20 finish of the 2010-11 season. Kelly tied for 12th with a three-over par 219 (72-75-72) over the three rounds.
 
The Wildcats are next at the USF Invitational March 4-6 in Dade City, Fla.
Women's Notes
Cincinnati: Cincinnati finished 11th in its season-opening tournament at the Cards Challenge hosted by Louisville Feb. 27-March 1. The squad was led by Olivia Dose, who shot a three-round total of 220 (75-76-69) to finish sixth individually. Senior Bambee Dela Paz followed in 40th with a total of 226 (77-81-78).
As a team, the Bearcats shot a 933 (311-313-309), just six shots behind 10th-place USF. UC returns to action Mar. 4-6 at the Duramed Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz.
Georgetown: The Hoyas open their season March 6-8 at the College of Charleston Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
 
Louisville: The 43rd-ranked Cardinals finished fourth at the Cards Challenge held on Feb. 27-March 1 at Weston Hills Golf Course. Louisville shot a three-round score of 909, just seven shots behind tournament champion Texas State. Senior Sara-Maude Juneau finished fourth with an even-par score of 216. Sophomore Anna Karin Ljungstrom shot a 73 in the final round to finish in a tie for 21st with a score of 229.
 
Louisville does not compete this week but will be in action on March 11 in the LSU Golf Classic.
 
Notre Dame: The 21st-ranked Irish opened their season with a 10th-place finish at the Central District Invitational at the River Wilderness Golf Club in Parrish, Fla. The team shot a three-round total of 904 (+40). Freshman Nicole Zhang was the high-finisher, tying for 10th with a score of 219 (+3). Zhang shot a three-under-par 69 in the final round.
 
The Irish return to action at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational March 14-15 in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
 
Rutgers:The Scarlet Knights open their season with a dual match against Seton Hall on March 12 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
St. John's: The Red Storm open their season March 10-12 at the EKU El Diablo Intercollegiate in Citrus Springs, Fla.
Seton Hall: The Pirates open their season with a dual match against Rutgers on March 12 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
USF: Sophomore Shena Yang claimed her first collegiate victory after taking first at the Cards Challenge at the Weston Hills Golf Club. Yang shot a four-under-par 212 over the three rounds and won the event on the second playoff hole, edging out Nina Muehl of East Tennessee State. She now has four top-five finishes in seven tournaments this season and has not finished worse than 13th. Yang led the Bulls to a 10th-place finish, firing a three-round total of 927.
 
The Bulls return to action on March 11 at the Eagle Landing Invitational outside Jacksonville, Fla.