Feb. 25, 2007
Houston - The University of Houston men's golf team will host the All-American Intercollegiate Invitational Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27, on The Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club. The Cougars will host the AAII for the second straight season.
The 54-hole tournament begins with the standard collegiate format in which teams will play the first 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday morning. There will be 11 teams competing on the 7,220-yard, par-72 course. Monday's first round will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the afternoon session slated to tee off at 1:00 p.m. The final round is scheduled begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
The Cougars will compete against some of the nation's top collegiate teams from Colorado, Iowa State, Jacksonville State, Kansas, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee State, Notre Dame, North Texas, Southeastern Louisiana and Wyoming.
This is the second straight year and second time since 1997 that the All-American Intercollegiate is being played, even though the tournament boasts of a long and rich history.
Begun in 1955 under legendary head coach Dave Williams, the All-American Intercollegiate was played every season through the 1997 campaign. The Cougars have won 23 team championships at the tournament, including last season. In addition, 21 of Houston's players have won individual championships as well.
Even though, the tournament was discontinued in 1997, Houston coach Vince Jarrett, a former UH player under Williams, made reinstating the tournament one of his highest priorities when he was returned to his alma mater in 2003. Last year, he accomplished that goal and led UH to the 2006 team championship.
This year, Houston enters the tournament with added momentum after opening its spring schedule with a first-place finish at the GADO North Texas Classic on Feb. 18-19. Jordan Irwin tied for medallist honors at the tournament with a two-under par, three-round total of 214. Pablo Acuna also finished among the top 10 individuals with an eighth-place showing.