BRYAN, Texas – University of Houston senior and All-American Athletic Conference performer Michael Perras used a steady performance throughout the First Round of the NCAA Bryan Regional to shoot a 70 and stand in a tie for seventh on Monday.
Starting his day off No. 1 on the 7,121-yard, par-72 layout at Traditions Club, Perras, who stands at No. 45 in the latest Golfstat individual national rankings, drained a 15-foot birdie on the par-3 second hole and followed that with 11 straight pars.
The Deer Park, Texas, native then drained back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14-15, moving has high as fourth in the individual standings. Although he gave a stroke back with his lone bogey of the day on No. 16, Perras rallied with consecutive pars to close the First Round.
Texas A&M teammates Chander Phillips and Brandon Smith were tied with Baylor’s Cooper Dossey for the first-day lead with 68s. Cole Madey (UCLA), Braden Thornberry (Mississippi) and Chip McDaniel (Kentucky) were tied for fourth at 69.
Perras joined Garrett May (Baylor), Doc Redman (Clemson), Colby Patton (Clemson) and Blake Elliott (McNeese) in the group tied for seventh at 70.
Host and second-ranked Texas A&M held the first-day team lead with a score of 279. No. 11 Baylor was second at 282, while No. 14 Clemson (283), No. 26 UCLA (288) and No. 38 South Carolina (293) rounded out the Top-5 leaders.
ABOUT Michael Perras
Perras was one of six individuals and 13 teams chosen to play at the NCAA Bryan Regional This marked the third straight season in which he competed in NCAA Regional play. He became only the 17th player in program history to compete in 3+ NCAA Regionals during his career.
He captured the NCAA Franklin Regional title in his first appearance in 2016 and eventually became the first player in program history to win both NCAA Regional and conference championships titles during his career.
In 2017-18, Perras leads the Cougars with a 70.88 scoring average and 24 rounds of par or better, including a 65 in the Final Round at the season-opening The Jackrabbit in September.
After posting a score of 215 at the American Athletic Conference Championships, the Deer Park, Texas, native recorded his third straight Top-10 finish at The American Championships. He also moved into the Cougars’ Top-10 career leaders in stroke average (72.12), strokes (10,457) and rounds played (145).
Perras is the first Cougar to compete as an individual in NCAA Regional play since Jordan Irwin played at the NCAA Central Regional at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., in 2007.
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For Tuesday’s Second Round, Perras will compete in a group with Northern Colorado’s Joshua Matz and Central Arkansas’ Lewis George. That group will tee off No. 1 at 10:04 a.m., Tuesday.
NCAA REGIONALS HISTORY
The Cougars have enjoyed a rich history in NCAA Regional play. This marks the seventh straight season in which Houston has been represented in the NCAA postseason.
During its history, the Cougars have recorded one NCAA Regional team title, four NCAA Regional individual championships (including Perras, who won the 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional) with 20 total team appearances.
Under the leadership of Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke, the Cougars enjoyed six straight appearances as a team in NCAA Regionals from 2012 to 2017.
Perras becomes the fourth Cougar to compete as individual, joining Jordan Irwin (2007 NCAA Central), Zach Mowbray (2004 NCAA); Brett Callas (2003 NCAA Central medalist) and Lance Combrink (1996 NCAA Central).
The Top-5 teams and top individual not from a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., on May 25-30.
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