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.
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.
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FINAL ROUND on TUESDAY
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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