Feb. 23, 2014
HUMBLE, Texas - University of Houston junior Roman Robledo fired a final-round 66 to lead the Cougars to a sweep of the team and individual titles at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Golf Club of Houston.
As a team, the Cougars fired a team score of 276 in the final round and finished at 31-under-par 833. Although the Cougars missed having the day's best team round for the third straight day by a stroke to Texas on Sunday, Houston finished eight strokes ahead of the 21st-ranked Longhorns and 18 shots in front of 29th-ranked South Carolina
The Cougars, who are ranked No. 15 in the latest Golfstat rankings, captured their second team title of the 2013-14 season after winning the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic championship on Sept 23-24, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. It was the first time since 2005-06 that the Cougars won multiple team championships.
"I am so proud of all our guys," Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "When you look at the depth of our team, each man contributed. That's a great all-around effort by everyone."
For the second straight day, Robledo played a bogey-free round on the way to his third individual title in his last seven events. The Harlingen, Texas, native drained three straight birdies early on his front nine to start his day and added two more birdies on the back nine, including the challenging, 458-yard, par-4 18th hole.
"Roman continues to mature and is turning into a great player," Dismuke said. "He has a tremendous amount of physical ability, but each week, he learns more and more."
With his performance, he became the second Cougar this season but only the 10th in school history to shoot 66 or better in the third round or later of a tournament. Teammate Kyle Pilgrim fired a final-round 66 of his own during the final round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Oct. 1 to win the first title of his career.
Robledo wasn't the only Cougar to take home hardware at the end of the day. Senior Wesley McClain and freshman Matt Scobie joined him on the All-Tournament team with top-five finishes, while all five Cougars in the starting lineup finished among the top-15 leaders.
McClain, who entered Sunday's final round with the individual lead, shot an even-par 72 and tied for second with Texas' Kramer Hickok and Louisiana Tech's Victor Lange with a score of 209.
Pilgrim and senior James Ross each tied for 10th at 212 as Pilgrim lowered his score with each round, including a final-round 69. Senior Curtis Reed posted a 70 in Sunday's final round and tied for 15th at 3-under-par 213.
The Cougars also featured five student-athletes, who competed as individuals. Scobie fired a 70 for the third straight day and finished in a tie for fifth at 210. It was the fourth time in his last five events that the Ajax, Ontario, Canada, native finished among the top-10 leaders.
Sophomore Vincent Martino posted a 71 in the final round and tied for 21st at 1-under-par 215, while senior Bryn Flanagan enjoyed his best round of the tournament with a 70 on Sunday to tied for 42nd at 219, joining redshirt freshman Emmett Oh. Sophomore Blair Hamilton tied for 68th at 227.
No. 19 Arkansas finished fourth at 855, while No. 31 Baylor (856), Rice (861), New Mexico State (868), Charlotte (869), UTSA (872) and No. 14 USF rounded out the top-10 team leaders.
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Following the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, the Cougars will go international when they compete at the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate in Querencia, Los Cabos, Mexico. That tournament will be held March 2-4 at Querencia Golf Club.
From there, the Cougars will play host to the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas, on March 14-15.