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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2001


TAMPA -- After posting a three-day score of 226 and leading USF to a second-place finish at the Waterlefe-USF Invitational in Bradenton last weekend, Kelly Martin was named Conference USA Women's Golfer of the Week.

Martin, a sophomore, tied for seventh with a 75.3 stroke average during the three-day tournament. Martin has lowered her stroke average every tournament after opening the fall season with an 80 at the Auburn Invitational in August.

The seventh-place finish also was her highest of the year. Her previous best was a tie for 12th at the Beacon Woods Invitational.

The Bulls, who finished seven shots behind Northwestern, play at the Florida Women's Collegiate tournament in Miami beginning today.

MEN'S GOLF: Chad Oleson finished 12th and Brett Hitchcock finished 14th to lead the Bulls at the Conrad Rehling Alabama Spring Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend.

Oleson finished the event at 7-over par while Hitchcock was 9 over. The Bulls placed seventh as a team, 24 strokes behind the College of Charleston.

The Bulls play at the Arkansas State Indian Classic April 8-9.

SOFTBALL: After dropping the first game, the Bulls put together back-to-back wins to win the series at St. Louis on March 24-25.

The Billikens scored in the bottom of the 11th to win the series opener, but USF dominated from that point. The Bulls won 8-0 and 9-0 to open Conference USA play 2-1.

The Bulls now are 28-18 overall after opening the season 0-6. Renee Oursler and Courtney Lewellen each had five hits in the series while Ginny Georgantas had four hits and Priscilla Smith had three.

ACADEMICS: Cross country runner Jan Erik Salo has been named to the Academic All-America District III second team for the second consecutive season.

Now a senior, Salo finished 27th in the NCAA Regional Championship and went on to compete with the USF team at the NCAA Championships.

Also, he won the 5,000 meters at the Florida State Relays on March 24-25 in Tallahassee. A native of Finland, Salo carries a 4.0 grade point average and is working toward a degree in criminology.

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