USF shot scores of 293, 291, and 296 for a total score of 880 at The Goodwin, which took place at Stanford Golf Course this past weekend, March 28-30. Out of 18 teams fielded at the tournament, the Dons finished 17th, making for a disappointing finish to the regular season. The Goodwin was the Dons’ last tournament before the upcoming West Coast Conference Championships.
Senior Cory McElyea, USF’s star golfer who competed at the U.S. Open in the summer of 2013, began the final round tied for sixth overall, but stumbled into a tie for 24th place after scoring a 74 in the final round. He ended the weekend with a team-best total score of 212. Junior Jobim Carlos scored a 1-over 71 to lead the Dons on Sunday, and ultimately finished tied for 34th overall.
The rest of the Dons did not fare as well. Sophomore Sebastian Crookall-Nixon tied for 48th with a score of 217, but no other USF golfers finished in the top 50. Junior Emil Lilijeroth tied for 90th, and redshirt freshman Alex Ricciardelli finished in 91st.
The Stanford Cardinal set the bar at the tournament, winning the team event with a score of 815 (25-under). USC and UCLA were able to stay on Stanford’s heels until the final day of the tournament, when Stanford gained separation after shooting a final round score of 266 (-14).
The Dons will now begin preparing for the WCC Championships, which are set to be held at Gold Mountain Country Club in Bremerton, Wash. on April 14-16. San Francisco was hoping to build up momentum heading into the Championships, but instead will head to Washington looking to rebound from one of its most discouraging outings of the year. Still, behind the strong leadership of their lone senior, McElyea, the Dons have a chance to do damage.
Freshman Max Alcorn did not play at The Goodwin, but he noticed some of the issues that contributed to the Dons’ recent setback.
“We know what we need to do, we just were unable to stay mentally strong this weekend at the Goodwin,” Alcorn said. “We have excellent players on our team, we just need to utilize our skills. Golf is a mental game – we need to focus and our results will improve.”