Golf Opens Spring Season at Rice Intercollegiate
Feb. 3, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Golf team opens its 2013 spring season Monday morning with four student-athletes competing as individuals at the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club.
The two-day, 54-hole event begins with an 8 a.m., shotgun start Monday and continues for two rounds on the 7,184-yard, par-72 course. The final round tees off with an 8 a.m., shotgun start, Tuesday, with the final 18 holes.
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This will be the first of seven regular-season spring tournaments in which Houston will compete. Director of golf Jonathan Dismuke and men's associate head coach Chris Hill recently added this event to the team's spring schedule
Dismuke and Hill look to start the spring season on a positive note. The Cougars posted four top-three team finishes in four fall events, including the championship at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 14-16.
The Cougars will join Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Houston Baptist, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Missouri State, Nicholls State, North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Pan American, UMKC and UTSA this week.
Four Cougars will compete as individuals at the Rice Intercollegiate. With only four members in the lineup, the Cougars will not register a team score and will not be eligible for the team title.
Ertel joined the team out of The Woodlands High and competed in three tournaments during the fall. He finished in a tie for ninth place at the Harold Funston Invitational, hosted by Sam Houston State, thanks to a final-round and career-low 71.
Flanagan appeared in two fall tournaments and earned a pair of top-20 individual finishes. Thanks to a second-round and career-low-tying 69, the Krugersdrop, South Africa, native finished seventh at the Harold Funston Invitational in early October.
Hamilton joined the Cougars as a highly-touted prospect out of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Appearing in three fall tournaments, he has improved his final standing at each tournament, including a ninth-place showing at the HBU Husky Invitational in late October.
Martino joined the Cougars out of Southlake, Texas,' Carroll High and competed in two fall events. The freshman posted back-to-back top-15 finishes, including a 10th-place showing at the HBU Husky Invitational.
All four Cougars will tee off the spring season at 8 a.m. Martino is scheduled to start off No. 15, while Hamilton will be in the second group to go off No. 16. Ertel and Flanagan will tee off in separate groups off No. 18.
Following the Rice Intercollegiate, the Cougars open the spring season as a team when they join with Rice to host to the Bayou City Collegiate Championships at Redstone Golf Club. That tournament begins with 18 holes each day, starting Feb. 22 and running through Feb. 24.