USF men's golf a step closer to national championships

They can hit it long, and they can roll in the short putts.

But, depth is what got the University of South Florida men's golf team one step closer to their national championship dreams -- a championship the Bulls are hosting later this month.

This season USF totaled four team wins, and crowned four different individual champions.

"You know, I'm not sure there's a college, a university in the ranks that's done that yet," said Bulls head golf coach Steven Bradley. "Everybody can play, our guys know it, and they all trust each other. It's certainly a great advantage for us."

"It's tremendously helpful," said sophomore Rigel Fernandes. "We push each other every day in practice to get better, and that translates on the golf course."

Fresh off their 2nd American Athletic Conference championship in three years, USF is headed north to play for a spot in the national championships.

The Bulls are one of 14 teams competing in the Yale Regional. Top five teams from each of the six NCAA regionals will move on to the national championships in Bradenton at the Concession Golf Club May 29-June 3.

"Vandy's [Vanderbilt] pretty good, LSU's good, I mean there's a lot of good teams in that region and we need to play well and handle our own business to advance out it," said Bradley. "But, I think that, you know, the way these guys are playing, the confidence they have right now in each other... You know, I really like our chances."

The Commodores and Tigers are both top-10 teams. Oklahoma State will be another challenge for the Bulls. The Cowboys finished runners-up in the national championships last year and they've won 10 national titles since 1963.

"I think we've beat all three of those teams all year," said Fernandes. "It's a great opportunity for us to showcase it at a national level and show the country how good we are, so I think we're definitely looking forward to it."

"We've been talking about this moment since August 19 when we stepped on campus," said Bradley. "I don't think that it's a surprise, I don't think it's unexpected by any means. We've been looking forward to this and working for this."

The Bulls begin the 54-hole regional May 14.

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