Golf Ready to Host Bayou City Collegiate Championships this Weekend
Feb. 19, 2013
HUMBLE, Texas - Some of the nation's premier collegiate golf programs will descend on the Houston area this weekend to compete in the Bayou City Collegiate Championships, co-hosted by the University of Houston and Rice Golf programs at Redstone Golf Club.
The three-day, 54-hole event will be held at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas, with 10 a.m., starts on Friday and Saturday before wrapping up with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start Sunday. Admission is free, and all fans are invited to come out.
Although four Cougars competed as individuals at the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 4-5, this weekend's tournament will be the first team action for Houston since the fall season.
The Cougars enjoyed a tremendous fall season that saw them earn four straight top-three team finishes, including the team championship at the Lone Star Invitational on Oct. 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas.
The Cougars will be part of an impressive 15-team field that includes six programs among the nation's top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings, including the 37th-ranked Cougars, Rice, No. 2 Texas, No. 40 Baylor, No. 42 Chattanooga, No. 43 South Carolina and No. 48 Indiana.
Other teams competing are Charlotte, East Carolina, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, UT Arlington and UTSA.
Sophomore Roman Robledo, juniors Bryn Flanagan, Wesley McClain and Curtis Reed and freshman Vincent Martino will compete as a team for the Cougars. Senior Will Dusenbury, junior Jesse Droemer and sophomore Kyle Pilgrim will play as individuals for Houston.
Competing in four tournaments this season, Robledo owns a 73.42 scoring average and tied Reed for second at the Lone Star Invitational at the end of October, the best finish by a Houston golfer in 2012-13.
Martino, a freshman out of Southlake, Texas' Carroll High, leads the Cougars with a 72.11 scoring average and fired a final-round 67 at the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 4-5 to tie for fourth at that event.
Flanagan posted a career-low 67 in the second round at the Rice Intercollegiate and ranks second on the team with a 72.22 scoring average.
McClain was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week in late September after finishing fourth at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate. The Diboll, Texas, native fired a 4-under-par 68 in the second round at that event for a career-best finish.
Reed has finished among the top-20 individual leaders at all four tournaments in which he has competed this season, including back-top-back top-10 showings to close out the fall campaign.
Droemer has posted back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and Lone Star Invitational, while Pilgrim fired a career-best 71 in the final round at the Lone Star Invitational on Oct. 16, 2012.
REDSTONE GOLF CLUB
Redstone Golf Club offers two championship courses (18 private, 18 public) located in Humble, Texas. The public Tournament Course, a Rees Jones/David Toms creation, is the city's only PGA TOUR course and home of the Shell Houston Open.
The private Member Course, home of the 2003-05 Shell Houston Open, is a Jacobsen/Hardy masterpiece offering its own unique challenges on a beautifully landscaped layout.
Together, with Redstone's TaylorMade Performance Lab - Golf's Ultimate Club Fitting, Redstone Golf Fitness Studio with Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness instructors, world-class practice facilities and the Dave Williams Golf Academy, Redstone treats players to a pure golf experience.
Redstone also has a spectacular clubhouse, locker rooms, restaurant and meeting facilities, all in a pure golf setting. Redstone was developed and is owned by The Redstone Companies.
Private Member Course - 525 members; 7,508 yards; opened in 2003
DAVE WILLIAMS GOLF ACADEMY AT REDSTONE GOLF CLUB
In late August 2012, the Cougars officially opened the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club. Named in honor of the Cougars' legendary coach, the Williams Golf Academy covers more than 4,400 square feet and was built on the Redstone Tournament Course driving range. Built by Darryl Schroeder's LoneStar Construction, the facility cost approximately $500,000 and was funded through a joint venture of the Houston Athletics Foundation and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Golf Academy houses four indoor/outdoor hitting bays with the latest technology, including a Launch Monitor for players to practice length, dispersion and trajectories of any shot.
In addition, a SAM PuttLab takes ultrasound measurements of the putting stroke and displays the information in simple graphic reports. A three-dimensional biomechanical measuring system helps refine the way a player's body should properly move during a golf swing.
A players' lounge and reception area proudly showcases the rich history of the University of Houston golf program through the decades. With designated office space, the facility also serves as a home-away-from home for Dismuke and men's associate head coach Chris Hill.
The Golf Academy is operated by Redstone Golf Club and will be open to the public throughout the year for players of all ages and skill levels.
From individual and group lessons to putting, short-game and ball-striking clinics, Redstone Golf Club's top instructors will use the latest technology to improve all areas of a players' game. Charlie Epps, Redstone's Director of Golf, and the entire team of professionals will have an office in the Academy.
In addition, custom club fittings with all the major manufacturers are offered at the Golf Academy to maximize players' abilities with the best equipment.