March 15, 2014
LAREDO, Texas - Trailing by 10 strokes at one point in Saturdays' final round, the University of Houston Men's Golf program saved its very best for late to sweep the team and individual titles at the Border Olympics.
For the third straight round, the Cougars improved their team score and finished the final round with a combined 8-under-par 280 for a 54-hole total of 6-under-par 858 on the 7,315-yard, par-72 course at Laredo Country. Houston won its third straight event - a first since 2005-06 - and finished one stroke in front of No. 13 Oklahoma.
"We had a great round today. Everybody hung in there and kept chipping away at the lead. It was just great play from everyone all the way around," Dismuke said. "Our guys are getting more and more comfortable with the lead and expect to be in that position. We have a great mindset right now."
Individually, junior Roman Robledo recorded his third straight sub-par round with a final-round 70 and won his third straight title - fourth in 2013-14, fifth in career - with a score of 7-under-par 209 to finish two strokes ahead of Baylor's Jerry Ruiz. It was his fifth individual championship in his last nine tournaments.
The Harlingen, Texas, native birdied three holes on his front nine to set the tone for his round and eventually built a 4-stroke lead by the end of the day.
"Roman's play has been phenomenal. He seems to post an impressive score in every round at this point," Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "He is posting a lot of birdies and developing into a world-class player."
On Saturday, it seemed like every Cougar made a key contribution. Seven of the eight members in Houston's lineup finished among the top-20 leaders. Seniors James Ross and Wesley McClain each fired final-round 68s to finish at 217 and 218, respectively, and place among the top-10 team leaders.
Ross, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, endured only one birdie in the final round and birdied two of his final holes to tie for eighth, while McClain played a bogey-free final round on the way to a season-low-tying 68 and 10th-place finish.
Junior Kyle Pilgrim tied with senior Curtis Reed for 19th at 220, While Reed struggled early in the final round, he rallied to drain birdies on three of his final four holes and teamed with McClain to post birdies on their 54th and final holes, turning a one-stroke deficit into a one-stroke lead over the Sooners.
"We had a tremendous finish from our seniors, and I am proud of those guys. "Curtis wasn't playing well all day but he hung around and, arguably, made the putt that won the tournament for us."
Playing as an individual, senior Bryn Flanagan surged into the final round with a 68 of his own. The Krugersdorp, South Africa, native lowered his scored by at least three strokes for the third straight round, totaling four birdies and an eagle with only two bogeys on Saturday.
Following the Cougars and Sooners, No. 30 Baylor (863), ULM (879), UTSA (883), Gonzaga (888), Lamar (889), Central Arkansas (896), Northern Colorado (897), McNeese State (898) and Air Force (898) rounded out the top-11 leaders in the 17-team field.
Oklahoma's Michael Gellerman finished third at 212, while Baylor's Andreas Gjesteby placed fourth at 214.
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.
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