Men's Golf Returns to Action in Mexico this Weekend
March 1, 2014
QUERENCIA, LOS CABOS, Mexico - The University of Houston Men's Golf program looks to continue its fast start this weekend when it tees off at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, hosted by SMU at Querencia Golf Club beginning Sunday morning.
The 54-hole tournament will be played with 18 holes each day and run through Tuesday. Sunday's and Monday's rounds tee off at 8 a.m., with Tuesday's Final Round slated for a 7:30 a.m. start, with shotgun starts for all three days.
The Cougars are one of eight top-50 squads in the 14-team field, joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 17 Vanderbilt, No. 21 Arkansas, No. 26 Baylor, No. 32 SMU, No. 34 LSU and No. 35 Kentucky with Chattanooga, Mississippi, Coastal Carolina, Lamar, UT Arlington and Abilene Christian.
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The Cougars, who are ranked No. 11 (Golfstat), No. 13 (Golfweek/Sagarin and No. 16 (GolfWorld/Nike Golf Coaches), enter this weekend's event after sweeping both the team and individual titles at their own Bayou City Collegiate Championship last weekend.
Junior Roman Robledo fired a career-best 12-under-par 204 to earn medalist honors, while the Cougars took home the team championship with an eight-stroke victory over No. 19 Texas.
This is the highest the Cougars' have been ranked since the 1999-00 team finished fifth in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Under the leadership of Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke and Associate Head Coach Chris Hill, the Cougars have steadily established themselves as one of the nation's best.
The Cougars finished the 2008-09 season at No. 125 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin rankings following Dismuke's first season and advanced to No. 125 (2010-11), No. 64 (2011-12) and No. 25 (2012-13). Houston has won seven team championships, four individual titles and finished among the top-three leaders in 18 events during Dismuke's five-year tenure.
Robledo will join seniors James Ross, Curtis Reed and Wesley McClain and junior Roman Robledo in the Cougars' team lineup, while freshman Matt Scobie will play as an individual.
With his individual title at last weekend's Bayou City Collegiate Championship, Robledo now has won three of his last seven events. The Harlingen, Texas, native opened the season with the win at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill., and won the Conference USA Championship last spring.
After bogeying two of his first four holes to start the tournament, Robledo played the remaining 68 holes at 14-under-par and without a bogey. With his Final-Round 66, he became just the 10th player in school history to shoot that low in the third round or later of a tournament.
For his impressive efforts, he was named the American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week on Wednesday.
This season, he is one of only two Cougars to compete in all five team-scoring team events and leads Houston with a 71.33 scoring average and 10 rounds of par or better, including four in the 60s.
Pilgrim stands second on the team with a 71.44 scoring average and has finished among the top-25 leaders in all three events in which he played this season. Pilgrim was the first Cougar to shoot a 66 in the third round this season, accomplishing that feat during the Final Round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on the way to the first individual title of his career.
Ross ranks third on the team with a 71.92 scoring average and has enjoyed seven rounds of par or better, including three in the 60s. This season, he has recorded three top-10 finishes in four events, including a six-place showing at the David Toms Intercollegiate in the fall and a tie for 10th at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship.
On Friday night, he also received an award from his native country. Ross, who hails from Edinburgh, Scotland, was named that nation's Amateur Golfer of the Year.
McClain has posted back-to-back top-10 finishes in his last two tournaments, tying for second at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship. The Diboll, Texas, native went 68-69 in his first two rounds at that event to hold the first- and second-day individual leads before tying his best finish with a second-place showing.
Reed is the only member of the 2013-14 team that has competed in every team-scoring tournament during his collegiate career. The Castroville, Texas, native ranks among Houston's top-20 career leaders in rounds played and strokes.
He has enjoyed three top-20 showings this season with an 11th-place finish during the fall's Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic as his to date best in 2013-14. Reed enjoyed sub-par rounds in the first and final rounds at last weekend's Bayou City Collegiate Championship to tie for 15th at 3-under-par 213.
Scobie has emerged as one of the Cougars' leading younger players, posting four straight top-nine finishes entering this weekend's event. After struggling during his first collegiate event at the Northern Intercollegiate, the Ajax, Ontario, Canada, native has posted par or better in nine of his last 12 rounds,.
Most recently, he fired three straight 70s at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship to finish at 6-under-par, tie for fifth and earn a place on the Bayou City Collegiate Championship All-Tournament Team.
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Following the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate, the Cougars will play host to the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas, on March 14-15.
From there, the team will host The Floridian on March 24-25 at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.