March 5, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - University of Houston junior Curtis Reed fired a final-round 68 to move into second place and lead the Cougars to a third-place team finish at the Louisiana Classics on Tuesday afternoon.
Reed was a model of consistency throughout the day and started his round on a positive note with a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole. Four holes later, the Castroville, Texas, native drained an eagle on the par-5 11th hole and went on to add two more birdies before his lone bogey on his 72nd and final hole of the tournament capped his day.
With that showing, Reed posted the best finish of his career. He previously tied for second at the Lone Star Invitational on Oct. 14-16, 2012. He also enjoyed the fourth top-five finish of his career and his second this season.
Reed finished three strokes behind LSU's Zach Wright, who competed as an individual. Kansas' Alex Gutesha finished third at 213, while Brandt Garon of host Louisiana-Lafayette placed fourth at 214.
"Curtis was very solid," director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "Any time you have a career-best finish, it's a great performance. He put the team on his shoulders and posted a low score for us."
As a team, the team competed in much more favorable weather conditions on the 6,898-yard, par-72 course at Oakbourne Country Club. A day after battling wind gusts up to 40 mph, things settled down with winds blowing at only 10-15 mph throughout the final round.
"I was proud of the way we bounced back. We did not play well Monday afternoon in some demanding conditions," Dismuke said. "We got off to a good start and finished the round strong. Hats off to these guys."
For the sixth straight tournament in 2012-13, the Cougars finished among the top-three team leaders. Houston, which was ranked No. 34 in the latest GolfStat.com rankings, recorded its lowest team round of the tournament with a 284 on Tuesday - the second-lowest round of the day - and finished at 876 to place third.
No. 20 Illinois captured the team title at 866, while No. 14 LSU finished at 874.
Sophomore Roman Robledo finished Tuesday's round with a 1-under-par 71, his second sub-par effort of the tournament, and tied for seventh at 216. The Harlingen, Texas, native birdies three of his first six holes and capped his round with his fourth birdie of the day on the way to the fifth top-10 finish of his career.
Freshman Vincent Martino battled his way to a hard-fought, even-par 72 in the final round and tied for 33rd at 223. After struggling with two bogeys and a double-bogey through his first seven holes, the Southlake, Texas, native rebounded to birdie four of his last six holes, including each of the last two.
Following the Louisiana Classics, the Cougars return to action when the compete at the Auburn Intercollegiate on March 11-12 at Grand National Golf Club in Auburn, Ala.