|Time||Friday, Feb. 16 • 18 holes
8:30 a.m. split-tee start
|Location||Golf Club of Houston
7,096 yards • Par 72
HUMBLE, Texas – The University of Houston Men’s Golf program opens its 2018 spring season when it plays host to the All-American Intercollegiate, starting Friday morning at Golf Club of Houston.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament tees off with a split-tee start at 8:30 a.m., Friday, on the 7,096-yard Tournament course. Admission is free, and all fans are invited to attend.
The tournament continues with 18 holes beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, and wraps up with the Final Round teeing off at 8 a.m., Sunday.
Fans can follow live scoring from the All-American Intercollegiate by visiting Golfstat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Under the leadership of Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke, the Cougars will begin the spring season with seniors Papito Gonzalez, Michael Perras, junior Matt Williams and sophomores George Gardner and Pryce Beshoory in the starting lineup.
This season, Perras leads the Cougars with a 70.58 scoring average and nine rounds of par or better. The 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships medalist fired a 7-under 65 in the Final Round of The Jackrabbit on Oct. 3, 2017.
The Cougars will compete in a 18-team field with four of those among the top 50 in the latest Golfstat national rankings.
The field includes Houston, Rice, No. 8 Auburn, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 34 South Carolina, No. 47 Mississippi, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Georgia State, Lamar, McNeese, North Texas, Sam Houston State, SMU, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana and UTSA.
ALL-AMERICAN INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY
For years, the All-American Intercollegiate ranked as one of the nation's premier collegiate tournaments, featuring some of the country's top student-athletes and teams.
The tournament was played every season from 1955 to 1990. After a one-year break in 1992, the tournament picked up and was played again from 1992 to 1997. The All-American Intercollegiate resumed in 2006 and was played each season through the 2008-09 campaign
This marks the third straight season in which the Cougars have hosted this tournament. A year ago, Baylor captured the team title with a score of 28-under 836 to finish five shots ahead of Vanderbilt. Baylor’s Cooper Dossey earned medalist honors with a score of 10-under 206 to finish three shots in front of five golfers.
The Cougars lead the way in their tournament with 23 team titles and 20 individual championships during its history
LAST TIME OUT
The Cougars closed out the fall season with a fifth-place finish at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic on Nov. 3-5, 2017, on the Royal Ka’anapali Course at Ka’anapali Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i.
Sophomore George Gardner fired three straight rounds in the 60s and tied for ninth with a score of 7-under 206. Senior Alan De Bondt opened and closed the tournament with sub-par rounds and tied for 18th at 3-under 210.
Following the All-American Intercollegiate, the Cougars return to action when they play host to the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 4-6 at Querencia Golf Club in San Jose, Cabo, Mexico.
From there, Houston will host the Border Olympics on March 9-10 at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas.
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