Men's Golf in Third after Border Olympics First Day
March 14, 2014
LAREDO, Texas - University of Houston junior Roman Robledo fired consecutive sub-par rounds Friday during the first day of the Border Olympics to put himself in contention for his third consecutive title.
Robledo, who stands at No. 16 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, overcame a slow start in the morning round to shoot a 1-under-par 71 on the 7,319-yard course at Laredo Country Club and following that with a 68 to tie for second after the first day at 5-under-par 139. He was tied with Oklahoma's Michael Gellerman, two strokes behind Baylor's Jerry Ruiz.
The Harlingen, Texas, native overcame a slow start in his morning round after bogeying two of his first three holes. However, he rebounded impressively with four birdies and only one more bogey during his final 15 holes.
In the afternoon session, Robledo birdied two of his first seven holes but stumbled at the start of his back nine, double-bogeying No. 10 with another bogey on the 12th hole. However, that was the start of run that saw five straight birdies for a second-round 68, his team-leading seventh round in the 60s this season.
Robledo won medalist honors at the Cougars' last two tournaments, the Querencia Cabo Collegiate - where he helped Houston end No. 1 Alabama's 11-tournament win streak - and the Cougars' own Bayou City Collegiate Championship.
As a team, the Cougars bettered their morning round by 10 strokes with a 4-under-par 284 in the afternoon session and stood in third at 578. No. 13 Oklahoma led at 569, while No. 30 Baylor was a close second at 572.
Following the eighth-ranked Cougars, ULM (584), Lamar (589), UTSA (592), Northern Colorado (593), Central Arkansas (593), Gonzaga (597) and Air Force (599) rounded out the top-10 leaders in the 17-team field.
Houston also was represented by three student-athletes competing as individuals. Sophomore Vincent Martino joined Pilgrim in eighth place after shooting a 1-under-par 71 in the afternoon session. Senior Bryn Flanagan was tied for 37th with Ross at 149, while freshman Matt Scobie was tied for 67th at 153.
FINAL ROUND on SUNDAY
The tournament wraps up with the final 18 holes with an 8 a.m., shotgun start Saturday. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting Golfstat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
The Cougars will be playing in foursomes with Oklahoma, Baylor and ULM. Pilgrim will be in the first group off No. 1 with Robledo following in the second group off that hole. Ross will compete in the first group off No. 2 with Reed in the second group. McClain starts his day off No. 3.
Martino and Scobie will play in foursomes with UT Pan American, Oklahoma and Sam Houston State in the second group with Scobie in the first group off No. 16 and Martino in the second group off that hole. Flanagan will play in a threesome with UT Pan American and UT Arlington off No. 17.
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Following the Border Olympics, the Cougars head 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.