LAHAINA, MAUI, Hawai’i – University of Houston Men’s Golf stars Michael Perras and George Gardner fired sub-par rounds for the second straight day to finish the Second Round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in a tie for 10th on Saturday evening.
A day after tying his career low, Gardner enjoyed a 69 in Saturday’s play on the 6,700-yard, par-71 Royal Ka’anapali Course. The Southlake, Texas, native started his day off Nov. 4 and wasted little time moving below par with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole.
Gardner enjoyed back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11-12 and posted par on nine of his final 10 holes to move into a tie for 10th at 5-under 137.
Perras was a steady force in the Houston lineup throughout the day. Like Gardner, he sank a birdie on the sixth hole and overcame a bogey on No. 9 to make birdie on No. 17 for a 70 in the Second Round.
As a team, the Cougars posted a sub-par total for the second straight day with a 1-under 283 and moved into fifth with a 36-hole total of 558.
No. 12 LSU held the Second Round lead at 543 with No. 15 California in second at 546. No. 40 South Carolina (547) and No. 48 Kansas (552) finished ahead of the Cougars with Georgia (561), No. 24 Wyoming (568), No. 18 Kent State (569), Boise State (570), Pepperdine (572) and UConn (572) rounding out the top-10 leaders.
Individually, ninth-ranked Collin Morikawa of California stood atop the leaderboard at 10-under 132 to finish one stroke ahead of Scott Stevens (South Carolina) and Andy Spencer (Kansas).
Houston senior Alan De Bondt joined Perras and Gardner with sub-par rounds, shooting a 70. The Antwerp, Belgium, native started the Second Round with a birdie on the sixth hole. Although he returned to even par with a bogey on No. 8, he rallied with the team’s lone eagle of the day on the par-5 ninth hole.
De Bondt went on to sink three more birdies in the round, including one on his final hole of the day.
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The Cougars tee off in a 1:30 p.m. (CST), Sunday shotgun start. Houston will compete in groups with student-athletes from West Virginia, Boise State and Pepperdine.
Perras will begin off No. 4 with Williams (first group off No. 5), Gardner (second group off No. 5), Gonzalez (first group off No. 6) and De Bondt (second group off No. 6) following.
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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