LAHAINA, MAUI, Hawai’i – Senior Michael Perras led three Cougars with sub-par rounds to put the University of Houston Men’s Golf program in a tie for sixth place following the First Round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic on Friday evening.
Perras opened the tournament with a 67 on the 6,700-yard, par-71 Royal Ka’anapali Course at Ka’anapali Golf Club for his team-leading fourth round in the 60s this season. Sophomore George Gardner was tied for 20th after shooting a 68, while junior Matt Williams was tied for 35th with a 69.
As a team, the Cougars posted a score of 9-under-275 to tie for sixth with Boise State. No. 15 California held the first-day lead at 266, while No. 12 LSU and No. 40 South Carolina were tied for second at 268. No. 18 Kent State was in fourth at 272 with West Virginia checking in fifth at 274.
Following the Cougars, Pepperdine (276), Indiana (276) and Georgia (276) rounded out the top-10 leaders.
Wyoming’s Drew McCullough shot 8-under 63 Friday to hold the individual lead. He finished one stroke ahead of Luis Gagne (LSU), Collin Morikawa (California) and Brian Humphreys (Boise State).
Starting on No. 4, Perras jumped out to a hot start with birdies on Nos. 4-5 and following that with an eagle on the 460-yard, par-5 fifth hole. The Deer Lake, Texas, native added another birdie on No. 9 and enjoyed his fourth birdie of the round on the par-4 13th hole.
Despite back-to-back bogeys on No. 18 and No. 1, Perras closed out the day with two straight pars and was tied for 12th.
Gardner led the Cougars with six birdies in his opening round and was tied for 20th with a 68. The Southlake, Texas, native started his day with a birdie on No. 6 and followed that two holes later with another birdie on No. 8.
Although he endured his first bogey of the day on the 10th hole, Gardner answered with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12-13 before suffering another bogey on No. 14. Fortunately, he rebounded nicely with another birdie on the 202-yard, par-3 15th hole and closed out his round with a birdie on No. 5.
Williams started his round with four straight pars but quickly turned hot with three birdies in a four-hole stretch. He proceeded to make par on nine of his last 10 holes with a bogey on the par-3 second hole as the only blemish on his scorecard. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada, native was tied for 35th with a 69.
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The Cougars tee off in 1:30 p.m. (CST), Saturday shotgun start. Houston will compete in groups with student-athletes from LSU, Pepperdine and Air Force.
Perras will begin off No. 4 with De Bondt (first group off No. 5), Williams (second group off No. 5), Gonzalez (first group off No. 6) and Gardner (second group off No. 6) following.
Sunday’s Final Round tees off with a 1:30 p.m. (CST), shotgun start.
Following the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, the Cougars will take a break before opening the spring season at their own All-American Intercollegiate on Feb. 16-18, 2018, at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.
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