Men's Golf Finishes Third at Golfweek Conference Challenge

    Sept. 17, 2013

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    Final Results | Season Stats

    Team Rounds Score
    123 F
    1.  Oklahoma 290 278 289 857 -7
    2.  Virginia Tech 292 291 278 861 -3
    3.  Houston 289 292 285 866 +2
    4.  New Mexico 290 292 285 867 +3
    5.  LSU 300 288 284 872 +8
    T6.  Winthrop 295 293 287 875 +11
    T6.  Iowa 298 291 286 875 +11
    8.  Central Arkansas 296 292 288 876 +12
    9.  Jacksonville State 293 295 293 881 +17
    10.  Arizona 297 298 297 892 +28
    T11.  Florida Gulf Coast 300 296 299 895 +31
    T11.  Chattanooga 305 297 293 895 +31
    13.  Ball State 303 302 291 896 +32
    14.  Texas State 310 299 289 898 +34
    15.  Louisiana Tech 306 305 300 911 +47

    Houston Leaders
    123 F
    T7.  James Ross 76 69 69 214 -2
    T13.  Blair Hamilton 72 74 70 216 E
    T21.  Roman Robledo 71 74 72 217 +1
    T27.  Curtis Reed 73 76 74 223 +7
    T59.  Wesley McClain 73 75 75 223 +7

    Overall Leaders
    123 F
    T1.  Stewart Jolly
     LSU
    72 69 69 210 -6
    T1.  Scott Vincent
     Virginia Tech
    73 73 64 210 -6
    T3.  James Newton
     Central Arkansas
    71 70 70 211 -5
    T3.  Alex McMahon
     Arizona
    71 71 69 211 -5
    T5.  Tyler Merkel
     Ball State
    69 72 72 213 -3
    T5.  Max McGreevy
     Oklahoma
    73 69 71 213 -3

    BURLINGTON, Iowa - For the second straight round, University of Houston senior James Ross posted a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 214 and move into a tie for seventh at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

    Ross was one of three Cougars to finish among the tournament's top-25 individual leaders, joining sophomore Blair Hamilton (216, t-13th) and junior Roman Robledo (217, t-21st).

    After shooting 76 in the opening round Sunday morning, Ross rebounded nicely in the final two rounds. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native opened his round with three birdies on his front nine and four through the first 10.

    Although he fought through a bogey and double bogey on the back nine, Ross added two more birdies on the final eight holes and tied for the tournament lead with 15 birdies overall.

    "James came back with two really solid rounds. He became more comfortable on the greens," Dismuke said. "As a result, he holed more putts and hit a lot of quality shots."

    As a team, the Cougars posted a score of 3-under-par 285 in the final round and finished with a score of 866 to place third for the second straight tournament.

    Oklahoma won the team title with a score of 857 and held off a late charge from Virginia Tech, which posted a final-round team score of 10-under-par 278, to finish at 861. After the Cougars, New Mexico (867), LSU (872), Iowa (875), Winthrop (875), Central Arkansas (876), Jacksonville State (881) and Arizona (892) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.

    "We had a decent performance. Everyone chipped in, and we managed to put together a pretty decent score," Dismuke said. "We are really close to playing some good golf. We just need to clean up a few things and make a few putts."

    Individually, LSU's Stewart Jolly and Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent tied for medalist honors at 6-under-par 210 and were unable to break the tie with a playoff due to travel plans. Vincent posted the lowest round of the tournament with a final-round 64, thanks to five birdies and an eagle on his final six holes.

    Ross was one of three Cougars to finish among the top-25 leaders. Hamilton used a steady effort throughout the final round, posting four birdies with only a pair of bogeys, on the way to his second straight top-15 finish to open the season.

    Robledo added five birdies in his final round Tuesday, including one on the 545-yar, par-5 18th hole to cap his even-par round.

    Seniors Curtis Reed and Wesley McClain tied for 37th at 223.


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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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