HUMBLE, Texas – University of Houston sophomore Zach Tracy drained six birdies to finish with a season-low 67 and lead the Cougars in Sunday’s Final Round at the All-American Intercollegiate.
As a team, the Cougars enjoyed their third straight round at par or better and finished fifth with a score of 15-under 849 against a field which featured five of the nation’s top-50 programs.
Competing as an individual and starting his day off No. 1, Tracy made par and then sank three straight birdies. Following a par on No. 5 and his lone bogey on No. 6, the Houston native regained the stroke with a birdie on the par-3 seventh hole and closed out the front nine with two straight pars.
He opened the back nine with seven straight pars before closing out the tournament with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17-18 and tied for 28th at 214.
No. 10 Auburn captured the team championship with a score of 42-under 822 to finish 16 strokes ahead of No. 3 Baylor. No. 48 Mississippi (841) and No. 30 South Carolina (843) rounded out the top-5 leaders.
South Carolina’s Keenan Huskey fired a 65 in the Final Round and finished with a score of 15-under 201, two strokes ahead of Mississippi’s Braden Thornberry, who also tied the tournament low record with a 65 Sunday.
Auburn’s Ben Schlottman finished third at 204, while teammates Jovan Rebula and Trace Crowe and Garrett May (Baylor) tied for fourth at 11-under 205.
Houston senior and 2017 All-American Athletic Conference performer Papito Gonzalez posted an even-par 72 for the second straight day and tied for 14th at 5-under 211 to lead the Cougars.
Senior and 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships medalist Michael Perras tied for 17th at 4-under 212 after shooting a 71 in the Final Round. Junior Matt Williams joined Perras and Gonzalez among the Top-25 leaders at 213, while sophomore George Gardner tied for 28th at 214.
Freshman Alexander Frances tied for 44th at 216. Senior Alan De Bondt tied Tracy for team-high honors with six birdies, including four in a six-hole stretch midway through his back nine, and tied for 64th at 222. Sophomore Tony Gil tied for 76th at 225, and sophomore Pryce Beshoory tied for 80th at 227.
ALL-AMERICAN INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY
For years, the All-American Intercollegiate ranked as one of the nation's premier collegiate tournaments, featuring some of the country's top student-athletes and teams.
The tournament was played every season from 1955 to 1990. After a one-year break in 1992, the tournament picked up and was played again from 1992 to 1997. The All-American Intercollegiate resumed in 2006 and was played each season through the 2008-09 campaign
This marks the third straight season in which the Cougars have hosted this tournament. A year ago, Baylor captured the team title with a score of 28-under 836 to finish five shots ahead of Vanderbilt. Baylor’s Cooper Dossey earned medalist honors with a score of 10-under 206 to finish three shots in front of five golfers.
The Cougars lead the way in their tournament with 23 team titles and 20 individual championships during its history
Following the All-American Intercollegiate, the Cougars return to action when they play host to the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 4-6 at Querencia Golf Club in San Jose, Cabo, Mexico.
From there, Houston will host the Border Olympics on March 9-10 at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas.
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