Men's Golf in Fourth after NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Second Round

    May 17, 2013

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    Season Stats

    Team Rounds Score
    123 F
    1. #10 Florida 286292 578+2
    2. #2 Alabama 296290 586+10
    3. #47 South Alabama 296297 593+17
    4. #26 Houston 300296 596+20
    T5. #17 LSU 303294 597+21
    T5. #50 Coastal Carolina 302295 597+21
    7. #38 Tennessee 300304 604+28
    8. #35 Northwestern 303304 607+31
    9. UAB 308300 608+32
    10. ##23 Mississippi State 310302 612+36
    11. Wichita State 304309 613+37
    12. Southeastern Louisiana 308309 617+41
    13. Houston Baptist 313310 623+47

    Houston Leaders
    123 F
    T7. Curtis Reed7175 146+2
    T15. Kyle Pilgrim7969 148+4
    T31. Vincent Martino7478 152+8
    T34. Wesley McClain7776 153+9
    T41. Roman Robledo7876 154+10

    Overall Leaders
    123 F
    1. T.J. Vogel
     Florida
    7071141-3
    2. Tyler McCumber
     Florida
    7072142-2
    T3. Scott Strohmeyer
     Alabama
    7071141-1
    T3. Eric Banks
     Florida
    7271143-1
    T5. Nicholas Losole
     Northwestern
    7372145+1
    T4. Justin Thomas
     Alabama
    7372145+1

    BATON ROUGE, La. - University of Houston sophomore Kyle Pilgrim drained four straight birdies early his front nine Friday afternoon and finished with a team-best 69 to lead the Cougars during the Second Round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

    After starting his day with back-to-back pars, the Colleyville, Texas, native started his impressive streak with a birdie on the 632-yard, par-5 third hole and added three more birdies over the next three holes to move into a tie for 14th place at 148 on the 7,436-yard, par-72 course at The University Club.

    Battling through a 79 in Thursday's First Round, Pilgrim - who is making his NCAA postseason debut - bettered that score by 10 shots Friday. That tied as the fourth-biggest improvement in consecutive rounds by any player in Houston Men's Golf's Regional history.

    "Any time that you have the low round of the day, you played some great golf," said director of golf and 2013 Conference USA Coach of the Year Jonathan Dismuke. "Kyle's round kept us in a good spot. I am really proud of Kyle for coming back the way that he did."

    As a team, the Cougars posted a team score of 296 - bettering their opening round total by four strokes - to stand in sole possession of fourth place at 596.

    "The course was difficult and demanding, but we played a pretty decent round," Dismuke said. "We have put ourselves in a pretty good spot, but we must do a better job of playing all the holes, a better job of finishing. We've played 16 or 17 holes well each day... We just need to do a better job of getting it all done."

    A day after shooting a 71 in the opening round, junior Curtis Reed fired a 75 on Friday and was tied for seventh at 146.

    Other Cougars in action were freshman Vincent Martino (t-30th, 152), junior Wesley McClain (t-34th, 153) and sophomore Roman Robledo (t-39th, 154).

    No. 10 Florida leads through 36 holes with a score of 578, eight strokes ahead of No 2 Alabama and 15 strokes better than No. 47 South Alabama. Following the Cougars, No. 50 Coastal Carolina and host and 17th-ranked LSU are tied for fifth at 597 with No. 38 Tennessee (604), No. 35 Northwestern (607), UAB (608) and No. 23 Mississippi State (612) rounding out the top-10 leaders.

    The top five teams and top individual not from those qualifying teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, slated for May 28 to June 2 on the Crabapple Course at Capital City Club in Atlanta. Houston is looking for its first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2001.


    UP NEXT
    The NCAA Baton Rouge Regional wraps up Saturday morning with the Final Round. The Cougars will be teamed with No. 50 Coastal Carolina and No 17 LSU with Robledo teeing off No. 1 at 7:50 a.m., to start the day.

    From there, McClain (8 a.m.), Martino (8:10 a.m.), Pilgrim (8:20 a.m.) and Reed (8:30 a.m.) will follow.


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    BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS IN HOUSTON REGIONAL HISTORY

    Rk. Player            Scores                  NCAA Regional     Site
    1.  Murray Van Gundy  84-70 (1st two rounds)  1991 Central      Hillcrest Country Club (Bartlesville, Okla.)
    
    2. Zoran Zorkic 80-67 (1st two rounds) 1989 Central Stonebridge Country Club (McKinney, Texas)
    3. Brad McIntosh 81-70 (last two rounds) 2001 Central Karsten Creek Golf Course (Stillwater, Okla.)
    T4. Kyle Pilgrim 79-69 (1st two rounds) 2013 Baton Rouge The University Club (Baton Rouge, La.)
    T4. Anders Hansen 79-69 (last two rounds) 1995 Central Bentwater Country Club (Montgomery, Texas)


     

     

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