Golf Uses Late Rally to Move to Fourth at Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic
Oct. 5, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - After a slow start, the University of Houston golf team used a strong finish during the day's final seven holes to move into a tie for fourth place Monday at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.
Competing on the 7,023-yard, par-70 Warren Course, the Cougars stood in 10th place for most of the day before making their late charge. Five Cougar players combined to post six of the team's nine birdies during the final seven holes of the afternoon round to push the team into fourth place.
"Through the first 47 holes, we really didn't play very well, but in the last nine holes we really stepped it up," said head coach Jonathan Dismuke, who is in his first season at Houston. "It was cool and wet and windy, so they were not ideal scoring conditions, but we persevered and did a great job finishing."
Competing in his first collegiate tournament, freshman Jordan Rumora fired a score of 145 to stand in a tie for eighth place. Rebounding from a 75 in Monday's morning round, the Houston native and Cy-Fair High product led the Cougars with four birdies during the afternoon session for an even-par round of 70.
Junior Matt Eschenburg, who led the Cougars with a 14th-place finish at the season-opening Kansas Invitational a week ago, also shot 145 to rank among the top-10 individual leaders.
Host Notre Dame stood atop the team leaderboard with a 54-hole score of 578 to stand 12 strokes ahead of Iowa. Ohio State finished the first day in third place at 591, while the Cougars were tied with Missouri and Arkansas.
Lamar (593), San Francisco (595), BYU (596), UT Arlington (598) and Cincinnati (598) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.
Notre Dame's Josh Sandman led all players with a score of 138 and was the only player to finish under par. Colorado's Justin Bardgett and Jace Long of Missouri stood in a tie for second place at 142 with Lamar's Kevin Hesbois and Arkansas' David Lingmerth tied for fourth at 143.
The final round wraps up at 8:15 a.m., Tuesday with split-tee starts from holes No. 1 and No. 10. Live hole-by-hole scoring of the tournament will be available through Golfstat at GolfStatResults.com.
Following this event, the Cougars return to action Oct. 18-19 when they compete at the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.