April 13, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - University of Houston sophomore Kyle Pilgrim fired back-to-back 71s on Saturday during the first day of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate to stand in a tie for 13th place.
Pilgrim, who recently was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and received the league's Academic Medal for his work in the classroom, led the Cougars with an even-par 142 and was tied for 13th on the 7,412-yard course at University of Texas Golf Club.
Starting his day on the eighth hole, the Colleyville, Texas, native battled through a roller-coaster start that saw him post four birdies, two pars, a bogey and double bogey through his first eight holes. From there, he settled down and finished his first 18 holes with nine pars and only one bogey.
In the afternoon round, Pilgrim overcame a double-bogey on the 596-yard, par-5 11th hole with birdies on No. 13 and No. 6 for his second even-par round of the day.
Junior Wesley McClain fired shot a 71 in the opening round on the way to a 36-hole score of 144 and a tie for 26th place. Playing as an individual, freshman Vincent Martino enjoyed a 71 in the second round and was tied for 32nd with a score of 145.
No. 12 TCU, No. 4 New Mexico and host and fourth-ranked Texas held the first-day team lead with a score of 562. Texas Tech stood in fourth place at 566 with No. 18 Oklahoma State (568), No. 39 Liberty (569) and No. 36 North Texas (577) rounding out the top-six leaders.
TCU's Julien Brun stood atop the individual leaderboard at 134, thanks to an opening-round 65, three strokes ahead of Oklahoma State' Jordan Niebrugge and four strokes better than Finley Ewing IV of Texas Tech.
Sunday's final round begins with tee times at 8 a.m. for the Cougars. Martino will start the day at 8"09 a.m., off No. 1 with Reed (9:03 a.m.), Robledo (9:12 a.m.), Flanagan (9:21 a.m.), McClain (9:30 a.m.) and Pilgrim 9:39 a.m.) going off No. 10.
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Longhorn Network will air Morris Williams Invitational highlights from 7 to 8 p.m., April 27 and again on April 28. Will Haskett and Phil Blackmar will offer commentary on the broadcasts.
This will be the Cougars' final regular-season test before the postseason. Houston opens Conference USA Championship play on April 21 at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Ark. It will be the program's final appearance at the C-USA postseason event as Houston heads to the American Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season.