Feb. 24, 2013
HUMBLE, Texas - For the second straight day, the University of Houston Golf team posted the second-lowest round of the day to jump into second place in the final team standings at its own Bayou City Collegiate Championship at Redstone Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars posted a team score of 1-under-par 287 during the final 18 holes to finish at 1-under par 863 as a team on the 6,982-yard, par-72 Tournament Course. It marked the program's fifth straight team finish of third or better in 2012-13.
Despite clear skies and mild temperatures throughout the day, Sunday's Final Round proved to be the hardest in the three-day event. Playing under Redstone Tournament Course Sunday pin locations and an unusual wind, the course played nearly four strokes above par.
"Today's round was extremely difficult. We don't get an East wind often, and we had some hole locations that made it hard to get at," director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "For our guys to put up a low round like that was impressive. Any time you can move up the leaderboard during the final round, your dinner tastes a little better."
Five Cougars finished among the top-20 individual leaders and were led by sophomore Kyle Pilgrim. The Colleyville, Texas, native fired a 73 in the final round to slip into fifth place at 4-under-par 212 but earned a place on the All-Tournament Team after posting career-best 18-, 36- and 54-hole totals and a career-best finish.
"Kyle had a break-through week. This was a career best finish, and he did what he needed to do out there," Dismuke said. "We have a lot of guys competing for few spots, and Kyle did what he needed to do to earn a spot in our lineup."
Fellow sophomore Roman Robledo fired the team's lowest round of the day with a sparkling 68 on Sunday. The Harlingen, Texas, native led the team with seven birdies in the final round with only one bogey and one double body on his scorecard.
Freshman Vincent Martino posted a final-round 70 with two birdies and no bogeys and tied with junior Curtis Reed for 15th at even-par 216. Playing as an individual, senior Will Dusenbury shot a final-round 70, lowering his score with each round, and finished in a tie for 18th at 217.
No. 3 Texas captured the team title with a score of 22-under-par 842. The Longhorns also boasted three of the top four individual performers, including medalist Brandon Stone, who posted a final-round 67 to finish at 9-under-par 207.
Following the Cougars, No. 43 South Carolina (871), Louisiana Tech (874), No. 41 Chattanooga (875), No. 37 Baylor (875), Charlotte (878), East Carolina (880), Lamar (881), and UTSA (883) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.
Houston returns to action on March 4-5 when they compete at the Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La. From there, the team will take part at the Auburn Intercollegiate at Grand National Club in Auburn, Ala., on March 11-12.