Oct. 8, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. & HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The University of Houston golf team endured a challenging second round Monday morning to slip into fourth place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic with a team score of 579.
Competing on the 7,023-yard, par-71 Warren Course, the Cougars fought through cold weather to finish with a score of 292, five strokes higher than Sunday's opening round.
Following the round, fourth-year head coach Jonathan Dismuke said his team posted plenty of birdies but made too many mistakes on the course. As a team, Houston finished with 16 birdies and an eagle in the second round but were hampered by 18 bogeys and six double bogeys.
"The course was much more scoreable, but we didn't take advantage of some of the situations," Dismuke said. "We put the ball on the wrong side of the hole far too often. It was a little too sloppy for us. We need to clean that up, get off to a good start Tuesday and try to make a move."
Battling back from an opening-round 75, sophomore Roman Robledo tallied the team's lowest round of the day with a 1-over-ar 72 and was tied for 24th at 147.
Junior Curtis Reed, who held a share of the individual lead after the first round, posted a 73 Monday and was tied for fourth place at 142. Sophomore Kyle Pilgrim was tied for 18th at 146, while junior Wesley McClain was tied with Robledo for 24th at 147. Junior Jesse Droemer was tied for 32nd at 148.
Michigan State led the team standings with a score of 1-over-par 569, while UNC Wilmington stood in second place after the second day at 576 with San Francisco in third at 577. Following the Cougars, Xavier (586), Boston College (587), UT Arlington (588), Minnesota (589), Toledo (592) and Michigan (593) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.
UNC Wilmington's Thomas Bass led all players at 139 after shooting a 68 in Monday's second round. Michigan's Noori Hyun and Matthew Moseley of Michigan State were tied for second at 141, while Reed was tied for fourth with Boston College's Luke Feehan and UT Arlington's Hunter Brown at 142.
HAROLD FUNSTON INVITATIONAL
Several members of the Houston Golf team also competed at the Harold Funston Invitational, hosted by Sam Houston State at Raven Nest Golf Club on Monday.
Junior Bryn Flanagan rebounded from a first-round 73 to fire a 3-under-par 69 and finished the first day in third with a score of 142. Senior Will Dusenbury stood in 11th place after the first day at 147, while freshmen Blair Hamilton and Andrew Ertel were each tied for 12th at 148.
Sam Houston State teammates Micah Hill and Logan Boatner stood 1-2 on the individual leaderboard at 135 and 140, respectively. With only four student-athletes competing as individuals, the Cougars did not register a team score.
The Cougars wrap up their stay at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic with the final round Tuesday. Teeing off hole No. 1, Droemer will begin Houston's day at 8:15 a.m., with McClain, Robledo, Pilgrim and Reed following every nine minutes, respectively.
In addition, the Cougars will conclude play at the Funston Invitational with the final 18 holes slated to tee off at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Following the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and the Funston Invitational, the Cougars will compete as a team for the last time during the fall season at the Lone Star Intercollegiate on Oct. 14-16. That event will be hosted by UTSA at Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.