April 1, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. & VICTORIA, Texas - University of Houston junior James Ross posted his third straight sub-par round during the final 18 holes Sunday to earn an eighth-place finish with a score of 8-under-par 208 at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational.
As he was through the first two rounds, Ross was a model of consistency during the final 18 holes. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native posted six birdies with only two bogeys in the final round on the way to his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
Starting on hole No. 10, Ross posted three birdies on his front nine and opened the back nine with another birdie on the 412-yard, par-4 first hole. After enduring his first bogey of the round on the third hole, he rebounded nicely and alternated pars and birdies on the next four holes.
"James' ability to manage his game all weekend stands out to me. He played three solid rounds throughout the weekend, he stayed patient and he managed his game," third-year head Jonathan Dismuke said. He ground out pars when he needed to and gave himself great looks for birdies all tournament long."
Ross posted only four bogeys in the entire tournament and finishing among the top-10 leaders for the eighth time during his career. He joined the Cougars in the fall as a transfer out of Michigan State and has been a fixture in the team's starting lineup.
His 54-hole total of 208 was the lowest by any Cougar at any event this season. He bested his own mark from the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011 and Jesse Droemer's total at the HBU Husky Invitational on Oct. 24-25, 2011.
As a team, the Cougars posted a total of 1-over-par 289 in the final round and finished the tournament at 867 for a 12th-place showing. The prestigious event featured nine of the nation's top 50 teams as well as 13 of the top 100 individuals.
The Cougars' showing snapped their streak of eight straight tournaments in which they finished among the top-10 team leaders. It was the program's lowest final standing since opening the season with a 12th-place finish at the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 11-12.
"We will take a hard look at our preparation for this week and our performance. We need to gather some good information and build a better plan to compete in the future.
No. 1 Texas won the team title on the second hole of a playoff against No. 48 and host Augusta State. Those two teams finished 54 holes with scores of 838. No. 44 Illinois finished third at 846, while No. 31 Baylor and No. 37 TCU tied for fourth at 852.
Tennessee (854), No. 47 Virginia Tech (858), No. 49 South Carolina (858), No. 26 Oklahoma State (860), No. 39 SMU (861) and Coastal Carolina (861) rounded out the top-11 team leaders.
Individually, TCU's Julien Brun captured medalist honors with a score of 202, one stroke ahead of Texas' Dylan Frittelli.
JIM WEST INTERCOLLEGIATE
Sophomore Bryn Flanagan posted a first-round 72 on Sunday during the first round of the Jim West Intercollegiate at Victoria Country Club in Victoria, Texas, to stand in a tie for 11th place. The Krugersdorp, South Africa, native started his day on a great note with birdies on three of the first five holes.
Senior Eric Adler shot a 2-over-par 74 on the 6,870-yard, par-72 course to tie for 21st after the first day. After a roller-coaster front nine that featured three bogeys and two birdies, the Sugar Land, Texas, native settled down with six pars on the back nine.
Both players are competing as individuals with no team score to be posted for the Cougars.
That three-day, 54-hole tournament continues with 18 holes at 8:30 a.m., each day through Tuesday. Live scoring for the Jim West Intercollegiate will be available on GolfStat.com or by clicking here.
Following the Insperity Augusta State Invitational and the Jim West Intercollegiate, the Cougars will take immediate advantage of their surroundings. The team will visit the first day of practice for the 2012 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club before returning home late Monday night.
From there, the team begins preparations to play host to The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate at The Woodlands Country Club. That 54-hole, two-day event begins with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start on April 9 and wraps up with the final 18 holes at 8:30 a.m., April 10.
This will be the first time since 2009 that the Cougars have played host to this event. Admission is free to The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate, and all fans are invited to attend.
"We are so excited to host next The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate," Dismuke said. "This was a great tournament for so long to bring it to a venue like The Woodlands Country Club makes it even better. So many great players have had the chance to compete there in so many great events. It is an honor for us to host and compete there next week, and we invite all Cougar fans to come out and support us."