April 28, 2014
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - The University of Houston Men's Golf program tied for the second-best team round of the day and moved into third place with a score of 578 following the Second Round of the American Athletic Conference Championships on Monday afternoon.
The Cougars, who are ranked ninth nationally in the latest Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll, gained three strokes on team leader UCF, which finished the Second Round with a total of 572. No. 31 SMU stood in second at 573, while No. 30 USF (579) and Louisville (580) rounded out the top-5 leaders.
Junior Roman Robledo and senior Curtis Reed posted the Cougars' lowest rounds of the day with 1-under-par 70s on the 7,125-yar Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Robledo, who captured the Conference USA individual title a year ago, surged into a tie for fourth place at even-par 142, while Reed moved into a tie for 13th at 145.
Robledo got off to a slow start with a bogey on his first hole and added another bogey on No. 10 before three straight pars through his first 13 holes. However, the Harlingen, Texas, native rebounded with an eagle on the 590-yard, par-14th hole and capped his day with a birdie on the 445-yard 18th hole.
With Monday's total, Robledo moved into a tie for fourth place with SMU's Austin Smotherman. SMU's Bryson Dechambeau held the Second-Round lead at 138 after shooting a 68 on Monday, while UCF's Linus Vaisanen stood in second at 139. USF's Chase Koepka posted a 36-hole score of 141 to stand in third.
A year ago, Robledo stood in second place following the C-USA Championships Second Round before going on to win the first title of his collegiate career.
Reed was nothing if not consistent on Monday. The Colleyville, Texas, native fired 16 consecutive pars to start his round before draining a birdie on the 205-yard, par-3 17th hole. He added another par on the final hole to clinch his 70 and move up 15 places in the standings.
The Cougars look to win their second straight conference title while competing in their first year in The American. A year ago, Houston enjoyed a 3-stroke victory over SMU during the Conference USA Championships.
No. 47 Memphis (593), Cincinnati (598), UConn (606), Temple (616) and Rutgers (627) rounded out the team field. The winner of The American Championship receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
The tournament concludes with a 7 a.m. (CDT) split-tee start Tuesday. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting GolfStat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
For the second straight day, the Cougars will compete with USF and tee off No. 1. McClain will start the Cougars' round at 7:50 a.m. (CDT) with Pilgrim (8 a.m.), Ross (8:10 a.m.), Reed (8:20 a.m.) and Robledo (8:30 a.m.) to follow.
Following the American Athletic Conference Championships, the Cougars will wait to learn their NCAA postseason fate. The Cougars are poised to make their third straight NCAA Regional appearance as a team, a first since 2000-02.
The NCAA Men's Golf Selection Show will air at 9 a.m., Monday, May 5 on the Golf Channel during the Morning Drive.
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