March 3, 2014
QUERENCIA, LOS CABOS, Mexico - For the second straight round, the University of Houston Men's Golf program held the team and individual leads at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate with another impressive effort.
The Cougars, who stand at No. 11 in the latest Golfstat rankings, posted a team score of 285 - third best on the day - to finish 36 holes at 573, four strokes ahead of No. 28 Baylor and five shots better than No. 1 Alabama, which has won its last 11 tournaments.
Individually, junior Roman Robledo fired a 68 for the second straight day to push his lead to three strokes over Baylor's Kyle Jones. As a team, the Cougars placed three golfers among the top-10 leaders with Robledo and seniors James Ross and Curtis Reed.
Although Robledo recorded his fifth consecutive round in the 60s, it certainly did not appear that would happen at the start of the day. The Harlingen, Texas, native bogeyed his first two holes to drop two shots quickly.
However, just as quickly, Robledo rallied with three birdies on his front nine and added three more birdies with only one more bogey on the back nine for a two-day score of 6-under-par 207. Entering Tuesday's Final Round, he will be looking for his fourth individual title in the last eight tournaments.
Playing steady, Ross shot 1-over-par 72 and was tied for ninth at 145 after posting four birdies in his round. Reed rebounded from an opening-round 77 to better his previous score by nine strokes and join Ross in a tie for ninth. The Castroville, Texas, native birdied four of his first eight holes and had only one bogey on his back nine to blemish his scorecard.
As a team, the Cougars will be looking for their third championship this season after winning their own Bayou City Collegiate Championship on Feb. 21-13 at the Golf Club of Houston.
No. 32 Kentucky (585), No. 16 Vanderbilt (586), No. 29 SMU (586), No. 31 LSU (590), No. 17 Arkansas (595), No. 9 Chattanooga (596), No. 10 Mississippi (601) and Lamar (601) rounded out the top-10 leaders.
FINAL ROUND on TUESDAY
The Cougars continue their stay at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate with a 7:30 a.m., shotgun start Tuesday for the final round.
The Cougars will compete in foursomes during the final round with No. 1 Alabama, No. 28 Baylor and No. 32 Kentucky. Robledo will tee off No. 1, while Ross will go off No. 2. Reed will start his day on No. 3 with McClain beginning the Final Round off No. 4. Pilgrim will be in the second group to tee off No. 5, while Scobie will compete in the first group to go off No. 16.
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Following the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate, the Cougars play host to the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas, on March 14-15.
From there, the team heads to the Sunshine State to compete at The Floridian Intercollegiate at The Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. That two-day, 54-hole tournaments begins March 24 and runs through March 25.