Feb. 12, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The University of Houston golf team opens its spring season on Monday morning when it tees off at the UTSA Oak Hills invitational.
The two-day, 54-hole event begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., Monday, with the first 36 holes. The final round tees off at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, on the 6,754-yard, par-71 course at Oak Hills Country Club. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com or by clicking here.
The Cougars join a competitive field, which includes Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Oklahoma, Rice, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wichita State and host UTSA.
"We will be tested this week and see where we are, and we will continue to improve on that," second-year head coach Jonathan Dismuke said.
Freshman Roman Robledo, sophomores Curtis Reed, Bryn Flanagan and Wesley McClain and junior Will Dusenbury will compete in the Cougars' starting lineup. Junior Jordan Rumora will participate as an individual and not count toward the Cougars' overall team score.
"Qualifying was very competitive and was very tight. It was one of the tightest qualifiers we have had since I've been here. There wasn't much separation from top to bottom," Dismuke said. "We have a lot of guys vying for playing time. We haven't had the luxury of depth, and we are starting to enjoy that."
This season, Flanagan leads the Cougars with a 72.89 scoring average. Junior transfer James Ross, who joined the Cougars as a transfer from Michigan State, ranks second on the team with a 73.17 scoring average and paces the team with five rounds of par or better.
RETURN TO ACTION
This will be the Cougars' first action in more than three months. The Cougars tied for seventh at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Returning to the UH campus following the semester break in mid-January, the Cougars have been working out inside the Elmer Redd Strength and Conditioning Center and practicing at local courses. Blessed with warmer-than usual temperatures and dry weather (until recently), the Cougars have had plenty of opportunities to work out and improve their games.
"We have had some decent weather and been able to get out and play a lot of rounds. We have improved in a short amount of time," Dismuke said. "This always is an interesting time of year. When they come back to us, we dive right back into the middle of the season, basically. You always come back a little rusty at this time of year, but we have battled through that."
Following the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, the Cougars return to Houston to take part in the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 20-21 at Westwood Country Club.
From there, the team will compete at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., on Feb. 25-26.