USF men’s golf battles strong in the Bahamas

James Salazar and Maggie Aldrich contributed to the reporting of this article.

The University of San Francisco men’s golf team returned to the green for the White Sands Bahamas Invitational which was held in Nassau, Bahamas on Oct. 29-31. The event featured 11 other Division I schools competing alongside USF, with the Dons finishing third overall by the tournament’s end.

Jeff Raedle, founder of Global Golf Management and coordinator of the invitational, spoke with the Foghorn about his hopes for the event. “Sport is ingrained in the culture and the more we can provide a window to the Bahamas [through] the culture, the gastronomy, the lifestyle, what an incredible touristic destination it is through sport, that’s our goal and the teams and the players and the parents and coaches that come down by their experiences here become great cultural ambassadors for the islands.” 

 The Dons ended day one of the tournament in a three-way tie for third place with a score of 288, which was par for the course. Individually, Soren Lind led the Dons with a score of 71, and he ended the day in a 12-way tie for 11th place. Matthew Anderson and Toby Briggs tied for 23rd place with a score of 72. Alex Chin tied for 28th place with a score of 73, and Harry Brown rounded out the Dons in 36th place with a score of 74. 

Day two of the invitational was favorable for the Dons as they jumped to third place in the rankings with a score of 282. Lind earned a second place finish with a score of 68, moving up nine spots from the previous day’s finish. Briggs also made strides up the field as he ended the day in a tie for fifth place with a score of 69. Chin churned out an improved performance, as he finished in 15th place with a score of 70. 

USF closed out the tournament by tying for third place with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans, the host of the event. Both schools finished with an overall score of 851. Briggs finished in second place with an overall score of 206. Lind ended the tournament with a score of 212, and his performance secured him a seventh place finish. Further down the rankings, Chin maintained his tie for 15th place with a score of 214. This was the third time this season that the Dons have finished in the top three of any tournament. 

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