Golf Finishes 12th at Gopher Invitational
Sept. 12, 2011
WAYZATA, Minn. - The University of Houston golf team finished in 12th place Monday afternoon during the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club.
The Cougars posted a team score of 306 in the final round to finish the 54-hole event at 911. This was the first of four fall tournaments for the Cougars this season.
Despite facing an impressive field, head coach Jonathan Dismuke was disappointed with his team's performance in its first competitive action of the season.
"This was uncharacteristic for the abilities that we have. We did a poor job adjusting to the golf course. We struggled off the tee, and this course penalized you if you were out of position. We simply made too many mistakes," said Dismuke, who is in his third year with the program. "It's disappointing, but this is the first event of the season and we have a long season ahead."
Making his collegiate debut, freshman Roman Robledo fired a 74 in the final round to finish at 222 and tie for 14th place. The Harlingen, Texas, native played a steady final round throughout the day with two birdies and 13 pars highlighting his scorecard.
"Roman did a nice job, especially for his first event. This was a solid finish, since he struggled hitting the ball. For him to finish in the top 20 is a testament to his ability and his ability to grind some rounds out," Dismuke said. "Conditions here were different from anything that we see in Texas. "
Lowering his score with each round, sophomore Jesse Droemer tied for 38th at 230, while junior transfer James Ross - also making his first appearance in the Scarlet and White - tied for 45th with a score of 232.
Arkansas won the team title with a score of 880 to finish three strokes ahead of North Texas and five strokes in front of Notre Dame. SMU (892), Charlotte (893), Iowa (895), Liberty (896), Kent State (898), Penn State (900) and Lamar (903) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.
Iowa teammates Chris Brant and Barrett Kelpin finished 1-2 in the final individual standings at 214 and 215, respectively. Lamar's Kevin Hesbois and Kent State's Mackenzie Hughes tied for third at 217.
The Cougars will take some time off before returning to action Sept. 26-27 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind.