Oct. 5, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - University of Houston senior James Ross stood in a tie for eighth place at 145 to lead the Cougars during the first day of the David Toms Intercollegiate on Saturday.
Ross, who sat out the entire 2012-13 season as a redshirt, was the Cougars' most consistent performer throughout the day. Starting the morning round on No. 18, the Edinburgh, Scotland, native bogeyed two of his first four holes.
However, he rallied to drain four birdies in an eight-hole stretch, starting on No. 6 on the 7,663-yard, par-72 course at The University Club, and finished with a 72.
In the afternoon round, Ross posted a pair of birdies on the way to a 73 and was tied with five others with his 36-hole total.
The Cougars posted a two-round total of 587 to stand in third place in the team standings. After shooting an even-par 288 in the first round, Houston slipped a bit with a score of 299 to finish 17 strokes behind leader Southeastern Louisiana and three shots in back of Louisiana.
Sophomore Kyle Pilgrim - who won the first individual title of his career last week at Notre Dame's Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic - and 2013 Conference USA individual champion Roman Robledo were tied for 14th at 146 to pace the Cougars' team lineup.
Pilgrim opened the first round with six birdies, while Robledo battled back from an opening-round 75 to shoot a 1-under-par 71 in the afternoon session. Robledo, a native of Harlingen, Texas, posted three birdies in the second round and with only a double-bogey on the 230-yard, par-3 16th hole to blemish his scorecard.
The final round tees off with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start Sunday. Fans can follow live scoring at the David Toms Intercollegiate by visiting GolfStat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
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Following the David Toms Intercollegiate, the Cougars wrap up their fall season when redshirt freshman Emmett Oh and freshman Matt Scobie compete as individuals at the Sam Houston State/Harold Funston Invitational.
That two-day, 54-hole tournament begins Monday in Huntsville, Texas, and wraps up Tuesday. Oh and Scobie will be joined by freshman Emily Gilbreth, who will represent the Cougars on the women's side.
From there, Houston will take several months off from their schedule before opening the spring season on Feb. 21-23 at its own Bayou City Collegiate Championship at Redstone Golf Club.