Feb. 13, 2012SAN ANTONIO, Texas - University of Houston sophomore Curtis Reed fired back-to-back 71s to finish in a tie for fifth place on the first day of the UTSA Oak Hill Invitational on Monday.
The Castroville, Texas, native overcame a slow start that featured three bogeys on his first nine holes. However, Reed settled down with birdies on two of his first three holes on his back nine to post an opening-round 71 on the 6,765-yard, par-71 course at Oak Hills Country.
In the afternoon session, he posted a pair of bogeys on his front nine but started the back nine with a birdie on the 351-yard, par 4 first hole and capped his day with eight straight pars for his second straight par round.
"Curtis played two really solid rounds. He got off to a rough start but made some birdies coming in," second-year head Jonathan Dismuke said. "He playing good golf right now, and I expect that to continue on Tuesday."
Battling wet and cold conditions all day, the Cougars posted a team scored of 589 to finish the first day in a tie for seventh with Texas State.
"We played too sloppy," Dismuke said. "We played the harder holes well, but we made too many bogeys from areas where we should have had opportunities to score birdies."
Freshman Roman Robledo rebounded from an opening-round 71 to finish at 148 and tie for 31st place. Other Cougars in action were sophomore Will Dusenbury (150, t-42nd), sophomore Wesley McClain (151, t-50th), sophomore Bryn Flanagan (158, t-74th) and junior Jordan Rumora (156, t-68th), who competed as an individual
Oklahoma leads the team standings with a score of 572, while Baylor was in second at 576. Texas Tech (577), Louisiana-Lafayette (580) and Wichita State (586) rounded out the top-five team leaders.
Individually, Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer and Louisiana-Lafayette's Andrew Noto stood atop the individual leaderboard at 139. OU's Riley Pumphrey, and Wichita State's Tyler Gann were tied for third at 141. Reed joined Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen, Louisiana Tech's Jonathan Bale and UTSA's Ryan Were at 142.
The final round tees off at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, on the 6,754-yard, par-71 course at Oak Hills Country Club. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com or by clicking here.
This is the Cougars' first action in more than three months. The Cougars tied for seventh at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Following the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, the Cougars return to Houston to take part in the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 20-21 at Westwood Country Club.
From there, the team will compete at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., on Feb. 25-26.