March 11, 2013
OPELIKA, Ala. - The University of Houston golf team stood in a tie for ninth place Monday afternoon after the first round of the Tiger Invitational at Grand National Golf Club.
Rain forced the postponement of second-round play, so teams will play 36 holes with an 8 a.m., shotgun start Tuesday.
The Cougars posted a team score of 301 through the first 18 holes to tie with 21st-ranked and host Auburn and South Alabama for ninth place.
Junior Wesley McClain led the Cougars with an even-par 72 to tie with six others for sixth place on the 7,149-yard course and overcame a rough start to provide the team's highlight of the day.
After bogeying three of his first four holes, the Diboll, Texas, native drained a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole and then recorded his first collegiate hole-in-one with an eagle on the 213-yard, par three eighth hole.
McClain went on to add three more birdies in his round and capped his day with a birdie on the par-4 second hole.
Sophomore Roman Robledo was tied for 29th with a 75, while junior Curtis Reed was tied for 37th with a 76. Other Cougars in action were sophomore Kyle Pilgrim (t-59th, 78) and freshman Vincent Martino (77th, 81).
East Carolina stood atop the team leaderboard at 290, while No. 41 Mississippi State was a close second at 292. Kennesaw State (293), No. 24 Wake Forest (293), Charlotte (295), Memphis (296), No. 42 Chattanooga (298) and No. 45 North Carolina (299) rounded out the top eight leaders.
Individually, South Alabama's Michael Garretson led the way with a first-round 69. Evan Beck of Wake Forest and East Carolina's Zach Edmondson were tied for second with 70s, while Memphis' Cory Gaylord and Jimmy Beck of Kennesaw State were tied for fourth at 71.
Following the Tiger Invitational, the Cougars get back to work when they play host at the Border Olympics on March 15-16 at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas.