LAREDO, Texas – University of Houston Men’s Golf senior Michael Perras fired a 6-under 66 during the Second Round of the Border Olympics on Friday afternoon to lead the Cougars and tied for seventh at 4-under 140.
Starting his day on No. 1 on the 7,375-yard, par-72 course at Laredo Country Club, Perras began on the right foot with an eagle on the 584-yard, par-5 first hole. He lost a stroke with a bogey on the par-4 second hole but that would be the lone blemish on his scorecard.
Perras added a birdie on the par-4 sixth hole and then made six straight pars before closing strong. He started his run with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13-14 and then closed out the final three holes with birdies on No. 16 and No. 18, giving the Deer Park, Texas, native four birdies on his final six holes.
Perras opened the tournament with a 74 in Friday’s morning round.
Perras wasn’t the only Cougar with an impressive round Friday. Sophomore George Gardner fired a 6-under 66 in the to tie for 11th with a score of 142.
After posting a 75 in the First Round, Gardner drained six birdies with only a pair of bogeys in the afternoon session on the way to a 66. Start on No. 17, the Southlake, Texas, native sank birdies on two of his first three holes and added his third birdie of the round on the par-4 fourth hole.
Gardner, who prepped at Carroll High School, enjoyed back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7-8 and added another birdie on No. 10. Despite consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12-13, Gardner regained a stroke with a birdie on the 176-yard, par-3 14th hole and capped the day with back-to-back pars.
The Cougars stood in a tie for 12th with UTSA at 580. Arkansas State held the team lead at 567 to finish the first day two strokes ahead of Campbell and Sam Houston State. Bowling Green State (570) and ULM (571) rounded out the top-five leaders.
Individually, Sam Houston State teammates William Holcomb and Camden DeBonis were tied for first at 8-under 136. WKU’s Billy Tom Sargent stood in third at 137, while Rodrigue View (Bowling Green State) and Sean Meehan (UTSA) were tied for fourth at 138.
Junior Matt Williams and sophomore Zach Tracy were tied for 49th at 147. Senior Papito Gonzalez was tied for 65th at 149 with a 1-under 71 in the Second Round with sophomore Pryce Beshoory joining him.
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The Final Round wraps up with the Final Round beginning with an 8 a.m., shotgun start, Saturday morning. For Saturday’s play, the Cougars will compete in groups with student-athletes from UT Rio Grande Valley, Oral Roberts and WKU.
Perras will lead the Cougars off the first group in No. 8 with Tracy (No. 9), Gonzalez (first group off No. 10), Williams (second group off No. 10) and Beshoory (No. 11) following.
Gardner begins the tournament off No. 16 with Frances (No. 17 and Gibson (second group off No. 18) following.
Following the Border Olympics, the Cougars will host the Valspar Collegiate Championships on March 18-20 at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.
From there, the team will travel to compete at the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 1-2.
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