March 15, 2013
LAREDO, Texas - Four University of Houston golfers stood among the top-25 leaders following the first day of the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club on Friday evening.
Junior Wesley McClain led the way for the Cougars with a score of 1-under-par 143 to stand in a tie for fifth place on the 7,319-yard, par-72 course, while sophomore was tied for ninth at even-par 144. Junior Curtis Reed was tied for 15th at 146, while sophomore Roman Robledo was tied for 25 at 148.
As a team, the Cougars stood in third place through the first 36 holes with a score of 581, only two strokes behind No. 37 Baylor and Central Arkansas. No. 35 Oklahoma (582), UTSA (584), Lamar (584), Texas State (588), Rice (589), Washington State (593) and UT Arlington (595) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.
"We played OK at times, but we didn't play our best golf," director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "We talked about some things and look forward to the final round."
McClain, a native of Diboll, Texas, started his day with a steady effort. He posted three birdies with only one bogey on the way to a 2-under-par 70 and posted a 73 in the afternoon session.
Starting his day with a 74 in the morning round, Pilgrim bettered that score by four strokes during the final 18 holes of the day. The Colleyville, Texas, native began the second round with three birdies through his first five holes and, following a tough back nine, added fifth and final birdie of the round on the par-4 second hole. Pilgrim tied with McClain for the team's lowest round of the day
"Both Wes and Kyle hit quality shots all and were steady all day long," Dismuke said.
Playing in the No. 1 spot in lineup, Reed rebounded from an opening-round 75 to shoot a 1-under-par 71 in the second round. The Castroville, Texas, native capped his front nine with an eagle on the 577-yard, par-5, ninth hole and added birdie on the 557-yard, par-5 17th hole.
Junior Jesse Droemer was tied for 52nd with a score of 153.
The final round begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., Saturday. The Cougars and their starting holes are: McClain (1st), Pilgrim (2nd), Reed (3rd), Robledo (4th) and Droemer (5th).
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