Houston Slips to 7th at The Jackrabbit

Oct. 2, 2017

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Live Scoring | Second-Round Results
Final-Round Pairings | Schedule

Team Rounds Score
123 F
1.  Santa Clara 265 275   540 -36
2.  Tennessee 276 271   547 -29
3.  Kansas 275 276   551 -25
4.  Boise State 278 277   555 -21
5.  South Carolina 282 275   557 -19
6.  Missouri 285 276   561 -15
t7.  Houston 279 284   563 -13
t7.  UCF 281 282   563 -13
t9.  Nebraska 285 279   564 -12
t9.  UMKC 281 283   564 -12
t11.  UConn 284 287   571 -5
t12.  South Dakota State 290 281   571 -5
13.  Creighton 293 302   595 +19

123 F
t24.  Papito Gonzalez 68 72   140 -4
t24.  Michael Perras (Ind.) 71 69   140 -4
t37.  Alexander Frances 69 74   142 -2
t37.  Matt Williams 71 71   142 -2
t47.  Alan De Bondt 74 69   143 -1
t47.  George Gardner (Ind.) 72 71   143 -1
t53.  Zach Tracy 72 72   144 E
t56.  Tony Gil (Ind.) 73 72   145 +1

123 F
1.  Hayden Shieh
 Santa Clara
64 67   131 -13
t2.  Bobby Bai
70 63   133 -11
t3.  Matthew McCarty
 Santa Clara
65 69   134 -10
t3.  Rhys Nevin-Wharton
66 68   134 -10
t3.  Daniel Hudson
67 67   134 -10

VALENTINE, Neb. – University of Houston Men’s Golf seniors Alan De Bondt and Michael Perras each posted 69s to lead the Cougars to their second straight sub-par team round Monday during the Second Round of The Jackrabbit at The Prairie Club.

De Bondt overcame a double bogey on the par-4 fifth hole and moved back to even par with a birdie on No. 7. After three straight pars, the Antwerp, Belgium, native drained four straight birdies early in his back nine and capped his round with his team-leading sixth birdie of the day to finish with a 69 and move into a tie for 47th at 1-under 143.

Playing as an individual and beginning off No. 10, Perras enjoyed a hot start with four birdies on his first eight holes. Although he endured two bogeys in a three-hole stretch midway through his round, the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships medalist rebounded with two birdies in a three-hole stretch on his back nine and surged into a tie for 24th at 4-under 140.

As a team, the Cougars posted a sub-par round for the second straight day with a score of 4-under 284 but slipped into a tie for seventh with American Athletic Conference rival UCF at 563.

Santa Clara continued to hold the team lead at 36-under 540, seven strokes in front of Tennessee. Kansas (551), Boise State (555), South Carolina (557) and Missouri (561) rounded out the top-six leaders.

For the second straight day, junior Matt Williams posted a 1-under 71 and was tied for 37th at 142. The Calgary, Alberta, native suffered his lone bogey of the day on the par-4 ninth hole but returned to even-par with a birdie on No. 11 and moved under par with another birdie on the 429-yard, par-4 13th hole.

Playing as an individual, sophomore George Gardner equaled Williams with a 71 of his own. The Southlake, Texas, native started off No. 10 with a birdie but went double bogey-bogey on Nos. 16-17 to move to 2-over par through his front nine.

Fortunately, Gardner settled down with five straight birdies on his back nine and moved back to even par with an eagle on the 542-yard, par-5 sixth hole. He added his second birdie of the day on the next hole and finished his day with two straight pars to tie for 47th at 143.

Senior and 2017 All-American Athletic Conference selection Papito Gonzalez was tied for 24th at 140 after shooting even-par 72 Monday, while freshman Alexander Frances – making his collegiate debut – was tied for 37th at 142 after posting a 74.

Sophomore Zach Tracy was tied for 53rd at 144, while sophomore Tony Gil was tied for 56th at 145.

Santa Clara’s Hayden Shieh held the individual lead at 13-under 131 after shooting a 67 Monday. UCF’s Bobby Bai was in second at 133, while Matthew McCarty (134), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Tennessee) and Daniel Hudson (Kansas) were tied for third at 134.

Fans can following live scoring from The Jackrabbit by visiting Golfstat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
For Tuesday’s Final Round, the Cougars will compete in groups with student-athletes from Nebraska and UCF, beginning at 9 a.m., off No. 1.

Tracy starts the Final Round at 9 a.m., Tuesday, with De Bondt (9:10 a.m.), Williams (9:20 a.m.), Frances (9:30 a.m.) and Gonzalez (9:40 a.m.) following.

The Cougars’ individuals begin at 10:40 a.m., Tuesday, off No. 10. Gil starts at 10:40 a.m., with Gardner (10:50 a.m.) and Perras (11:00 a.m.) following.

Following The Jackrabbit, the Cougars return to Houston to join with Rice and Sam Houston State as hosts of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 9-10 at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, Texas.

Besides the Owls and Bearkats, Houston will face Abilene Christian, Arkansas State, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Lipscomb, Little Rock, Nebraska, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, UT Arlington and UTSA.

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