April 29, 2014
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - The University of Houston Men's Golf program posted the second-best team score during Tuesday's Final Round, but it would not be quite enough as the Cougars finished third at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships.
The Cougars, who are ranked ninth nationally in the latest Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll, posted a Final Round score of 288 to finish at 866. However, No. 31 SMU totaled the best round of the day to sweep the team and individual titles. The Mustangs finished with a score of 858, five strokes ahead of No. 7 and Second-Round leader UCF.
For the second straight day, senior Curtis Reed posted a sub-par score with a 70 on the 7,125-yard, par-71 Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. The Colleyville, Texas native stood at 1-over-par in his round through the first 16 holes but birdied each of the final two holes to lead the Cougars on Tuesday and finish eighth at 215.
Reed earned his third top-10 finish in four career appearances at a conference Championships.
Junior Roman Robledo, who captured the Conference USA individual title a year ago, tied for fourth at even-par 213 after posting a 71 in the Final round. The Harlingen, Texas, native totaled three birdies and an eagle on the 590-yard, par-5 14th hole for the second straight day during his round to lead the Cougars overall.
It was the third straight season that Robledo finished among the top-5 leaders at a conference Championships.
Senior Wesley McClain lowered his score for the third straight round and finished with a 72 on Tuesday. The Diboll, Texas, native finished 18th at 220 for the best finish of his career at a conference championships.
SMU's Bryson Dechambeau earned medalist honors after shooting a 68 for the second straight day for a score of 206, five strokes ahead of USF's Chase Koepka. UCF's Ricardo Gouveia finished third at 212, while Robledo was joined by Robert Geibel (Louisville), Brandon Matthews (Temple) and Austin Smotherman (SMU).
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 Morning Drive.
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