Feb. 4, 2013
HOUSTON - Paced by a career-best 67 in the second round, University of Houston junior Bryn Flanagan stood in third place after the first 36 holes of the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club on Monday evening.
Flanagan was one of four Cougars to stand among the tournament's top-20 individual leaders on the 7,184-yard, par-72 course. Andrew Ertel and Blair Hamilton were tied for ninth at 145, while Vincent Martino was tied for 18th at 146.
Rebounding from an opening-round 73, the Krugersdorp, South Africa, native erupted in the second round to post a personal best. Starting the afternoon round on the 18th hole, Flanagan birdied that hole and then started the front nine with birdies on five of the first six holes.
He faltered slightly on the back nine with bogeys on two of the first three holes but added his seventh and final birdie of the day on the 345-yard, par-4 13th hole to finish the first day at 4-under-par 140.
"Bryn had a great second round, and I was proud of all our guys," director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "We have been blessed with a lot of depth this season, and everyone in our lineup wants to have a chance to play and contribute. They wanted the challenge of starting the spring season right, and they are excited to return to competition Tuesday."
The tournament wraps up with the final 18 holes, starting with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., Tuesday. Flanagan is scheduled to go off hole No. 14, while Hamilton will start at No. 15. Martino and Ertel will go off in separate groups off No. 16 on Tuesday.
Ertel opened the tournament with a 2-under-par 70 after birdieing three of his first five holes. Hamilton finished with three birdies and two bogeys in the opening round for a 1-under-par 71.
Rice's Jeff Wibawa and Florida Atlantic's Richard Donegan were tied for the first-day lead at 7-under-par 137. Missouri State's Joey Johnson stood in fourth at 141, while UTSA's Brett Hogan placed fourth at 2-under-142.
Florida Atlantic stood atop the team standings at 572, five strokes ahead of UTSA. Host Rice (580), Houston Baptist (586) and Missouri State (588) rounded out the top-five team leaders.
The four Cougars competed as individuals at the tournament, a recent addition to the Houston schedule. As a result, Houston registered no team score and will not be eligible for the team championship.
Following the Rice Intercollegiate, the Cougars open the spring season as a team when they join with Rice to host to the Bayou City Collegiate Championships at Redstone Golf Club. That tournament begins with 18 holes each day, starting Feb. 22 and running through Feb. 24.