April 6, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Competing against of the nation's top collegiate fields, the University of Houston golf team stood in a tie for seventh place with a score of 588 following the first day of the Insperity Augusta State Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club on Saturday evening.
The Cougars, who entered this weekend's event ranked 25th nationally, posted a 14-stroke improvement from their first and second rounds to tie with No. 27 Tennessee. Opening the tournament with a score of 301, the Cougars finished the afternoon session with a total of 287 on the 7,143-yard, par-72 course.
"We did a better job of putting the ball in the right spot and made some putts and played considerably better in the second round," director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said.
Of the 15 teams in the tournament field, 13 are ranked among the nation's top 50, including five among the top 25.
Junior Curtis Reed played steady all day long and was tied for 14th at 145 to lead the Cougars and tie for 14th overall. The Castroville, Texas, native opened his tournament with an even-par 72, thanks to an eagle on the 557-yard, par-5 17th hole and then overcame a roller-coaster start to his second round to finish the afternoon round with a 73.
Pilgrim rebounded from a disappointing 78 in the morning round to post the Cougars' lowest round of the day with a 69 in the afternoon session. The Colleyville, Texas, native drained a pair of eagles in the second round and recorded an eagle, par and birdie on his final three holes of the day to move into a tie for 23rd at 147.
Freshman Vincent Martino fired a 72 in his afternoon session to tie for 38th at 150. The Southlake, Texas, native tied with teammate Bryn Flanagan with that score. Junior Wesley McClain was tied for 45th at 151.
Host Augusta State finished the first day with a score of 576 to lead and stand two strokes ahead of No. 6 Texas and four strokes better than No. 17 Georgia. No. 29 Clemson (583), No. 35 South Carolina (583) and No. 37 Virginia Tech (584) rounded out the top-six team leaders.
Derek Chang and Robin Petersson, both of Augusta State, Greg Eason of UCF and Matthew NeSmith of South Carolina held the individual first-day lead at 4-under-par 140. Tennessee's Oliver Goss and Georgia's T.J. Mitchell were tied for fifth at 141 with five players tied at 142.
The tournament concludes with the final 18 holes beginning Sunday morning. The Cougars will tee off hole No. 1 with McClain starting at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) and followed by Flanagan (7:40 a.m.), Martino (7:50 a.m.), Kyle Pilgrim (8 a.m.) and Reed (8:10 a.m.).
Houston will be paired with student-athletes from Tennessee and Coastal Carolina in Sunday's final round.
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Following the Insperity Augusta State Invitational, the Cougars return to action on April 13-14 when they compete at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. It will be the second of three tournaments for the Cougars in the month of April.
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