STANFORD, Calif. – Junior and 2017 American Athletic Conference champion Michael Perras posted a team-leading 69, while junior Papito Gonzalez and senior Matt Scobie added 70s to guide the University of Houston Men’s Golf program during the First Round of the NCAA Stanford Regional.
Competing on the 6,727-yard, par-70 layout at Stanford Golf Club, Houston finished the first day with a score of 281 to tie with No. 27 Pepperdine for sixth place.
Perras drained tied with Scobie for the team lead with four birdies in the opening round. The Deer Park, Texas, native opened his NCAA postseason with a birdie on the first hole and took advantage of another birdie on No. 7 after enduring his first bogey of the day, one hole earlier.
Despite starting his second nine with a bogey, Perras regained the stroke with a birdie on No. 11 and added his final birdie of the day on No. 15 to stand in a tie for 10th at 69. It was his team-leading eighth round in the 60s this season and his fourth straight in NCAA Regional play after capturing the 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional a year ago.
Competing in his final NCAA Regional, Scobie overcame a tough start to shoot even-par 70. Like Perras, the Ajax, Ontario, native birdied his first hole but endured a bogey on No. 3, a double bogey on No. 5 and another bogey on No. 7.
Fortunately, those were his only miscues for the rest of the found. Scobie sank seven straight pars from there with two birdies during his final four holes for his third straight round of par or better in NCAA Regional play dating back to last season.
Gonzalez, who joined Perras on the 2017 All-American Athletic Conference Team, enjoyed three birdies in his opening round, including two in a three-hole stretch at the end of his first nine and the start of his back nine. He joined Scobie in a tie for 17th at 70.
Making his NCAA Regional debut, true freshman Pryce Beshoory was tied for 34th at 72. The Pearland, Texas, native drained two birdies and the Cougars’ lone eagle of the day midway through his first nine.
Redshirt freshman Zach Tracy, who joined Beshoory in making his first NCAA postseason start, stood in 73rd with a 79.
No. 4 and host Stanford held the First-Round team lead at 271, while No. 9 Baylor stood in second at 277. No. 45 BYU (278), No. 41 North Florida (279) and No. 15 Oklahoma (280) rounded out the top-five leaders, while No. 21 Georgia Tech, Ohio State (288) and No. 33 North Carolina (288) completed the top 10.
BYU teammates C.J. Lee and Patrick Fishburn joined Stanford’s Franklin Huang and UC Irvine’s David Kim – competing as an individual – in a tie for third at 67.
ADVANCING TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The top-five teams and top individual not on a qualifying team at each of the six NCAA Regionals advance to compete at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
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Tuesday’s Second Round tees off with a 10:30 a.m. (CDT) start. The Cougars will compete in groups with No. 21 Georgia Tech and No. 33 North Carolina off No. 10.
Tracy begins at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday with Beshoory (10:41 a.m. CDT), Scobie (10:52 a.m. CDT), Gonzalez (11:03 a.m. CDT) and Perras (11:14 p.m. CDT) following.
NCAA REGIONALS HISTORY
This marks the 20th NCAA Regional appearance in Houston history. It also marks the program’s sixth straight NCAA Regional berth under Dismuke’s leadership.
During its history, Houston has recorded one NCAA Regional team championship, four individual titles and nine top-five finishes.
The Cougars have enjoyed individual champions in each of their last two NCAA Regional appearances. Perras captured the championship at the NCAA Franklin Regional in 2016, and Blair Hamilton won the NCAA Lubbock Regional in 2015.
With his recent American Championship title, Perras became the first Cougar in school history to win NCAA Regional and conference championship titles during his career.
This will be the first time the Cougars have competed at Stanford during NCAA Regional play. However, it marks Houston’s third NCAA postseason appearance there.
The Cougars captured the 1966 NCAA team national championship with the 1981 team finishing third at Stanford Golf Course.
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