Men's Golf Slips to Second at Golfweek Conference Challenge

    Sept. 16, 2013

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    Team Rounds Score
    123 F
    1.  Oklahoma 290 278   568 -8
    2.  Houston 289 292   581 +5
    3.  New Mexico 290 292   582 +6
    4.  Virginia Tech 292 291   583 +7
    T5.  Jacksonville State 293 295   588 +12
    T5.  Winthrop 295 293   588 +12
    T5.  Central Arkansas 296 292   588 +12
    T5.  LSU 300 288   588 +12
    9.  Iowa 298 291   589 +13
    10.  Arizona 297 298   595 +19
    11.  Florida Gulf Coast 300 296   596 +20
    12.  Chattanooga 305 297   602 +26
    13.  Ball State 303 302   605 +29
    14.  Texas State 310 299   609 +33
    15.  Louisiana Tech 306 305   611 +35

    Houston Leaders
    123 F
    T16.  Roman Robledo 71 74 145 +2
    T16.  James Ross 76 69   145 +1
    T21.  Blair Hamilton 72 74   146 +2
    T32.  Wesley McClain 73 75   148 +4
    T36.  Curtis Reed 73 76   149 +5

    Overall Leaders
    123 F
    T1.  Tyler Merkel
     Ball State
    69 72 141 -3
    T1.  Stewart Jolly
     LSU
    72 69   141 -3
    T1.  James Newton
     Central Arkansas
    71 70   141 -3
    T1.  Beau Titsworth
     Oklahoma
    73 68   141 -3
    T5.  Nick Eberhardt
     Winthrop
    75 67   142 E
    T5.  Max McGreevy
     Oklahoma
    73 69  142 E
    T5.  Alex McMahon
     Arizona
    71 71   142 E
    T5.  Michael Schoolcraft
     Oklahoma
    72 70  142 E

    BURLINGTON, Iowa - Rebounding from a tough first round, University of Houston senior James Ross drained four birdies during a near-bogey free second round to finish with a 3-under-par 69 and move into a tie for 15th at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

    Opening his back nine with two straight pars, Ross birdied the par-3 12th hole and played a nearly perfect round until bogeying his final hole of the day. Recording the Cougars' third round in the 60s this season, Ross jumped 30 places into a tie for 16th with a two-day score of 145.

    Ross, who is making his season debut this week, endured a roller-coaster first round Sunday that saw him finish with five birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys. Competing in his first collegiate event since the final round of the 2012 NCAA Athens Regional, the Edinburgh, Scotland, native birdied his second hole of the day and then went back-to-back on Nos. 5 and 6. As a team, the Cougars slipped to second place with a score of 581 on the 7,301-yard, par-72 layout at Spring Hollow Golf Course. Oklahoma moved into the team lead with a score of 568, thanks to a round of 10-under-par 278 on Monday. New Mexico (582), Virginia Tech (583), Jacksonville State (588), Winthrop (588), LSU (588), Central Arkansas (588), Iowa (589) and Arizona (595) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.

    Ross was one of three Cougars to finish Tuesday's play among the top-25 leaders.

    Junior and defending Conference USA individual champion Roman Robledo finished in a tie for 16th with a score of 145 and broke out the Cougars out of a tie for second place in the team standings with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

    Sophomore Blair Hamilton, who advanced to the Second Round of the U.S. Amateur Championship earlier this summer, finished the second round in a tie for 21st with a score of 146.

    Other Cougars in action were senior Wesley McClain (158, t-32nd) and senior Curtis Reed (149, t-36th)

    The tournament wraps up with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start Tuesday. Ross and Robledo will tee off hole No. 1 and will be joined by Hamilton (No. 2), McClain (No. 3) and Reed (No. 4).

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    Following the Golfweek Conference Challenge, the Cougars will compete at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic for the fifth straight season. A year ago, the Cougars tied for second at this event with four individuals among the top-21 leaders.
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