Golf Returns to Action at Louisiana Classics on Monday

Freshman Vincent Martino leads the Cougars this season in scoring average and has posted four top-20 finishes.

March 3, 2013

 Time  8 a.m. • March 4 • 36 holes • Shotgun start
 8 a.m. • March 5 • 18 holes • Shotgun start
 Location  Oakbourne Country Club
 Lafayette, La.
 6,898 yards •Par 72 • Course Stats
 Video  Coverage of 9th and 18th holes
 Live Scoring  GolfStat.com
 Team Field  #34 Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette (host),
 #20 Illinois, Kansas, #23 Kent State,
 Louisiana Tech, #14 LSU, Memphis,
 #47 South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana,
 Southern Miss, Texas State, #38 Tulsa and UTSA
 Statistics  Season Statistics
 Social Media   Facebook   Twitter

LAFAYETTE, La. - Fresh off an impressive showing at its own Bayou City Collegiate Championship, the University of Houston golf team returns to action Monday morning when it competes at the Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country.

The two-day, 54-hole event begins with 8 a.m., shotguns starts on Monday and Tuesday on the 6,898-yard, par-72 course. Team will play 36 holes Monday with the final 18 holes slated to begin Tuesday morning.

Houston enters this week's tournament on the heels of an impressive second-place showing at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship. Competing in a field against six top-50 teams, the Cougars joined defending national champion Texas as the only squads to break par at Redstone Golf Club.

"You draw confidence from good preparation and past performance. We have had some solid preparation and some impressive past performances," director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "We have a lot of momentum going into this tournament."

It was the Cougars' fifth straight top-three team finish in 2012-13 and marked the 16th top-five team finish for Dismuke since joining the program in 2009. While pleased with the team's performance to date as well as a top-35 national ranking, Dismuke and the Cougars are far from satisfied.

"We have surpassed some of my expectations in several ways, but we have underperformed in some regards," Dismuke said. "I am very pleased with what we have done this to point, but we have a lot of room to get better."

Five Cougars finished among the BCCC's top-25 individual leaders, led by sophomore Kyle Pilgrim, who finished fifth and was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting a career-best 212. Other Cougars to place that high include sophomore Roman Robledo (t-11th), junior Curtis Reed and freshman Vincent Martino (t-15th) and senior Will Dusenbury (t-18th).

Fans can follow live scoring by visiting GolfStat.com or by clicking here. Fans receive hourly live scoring updates by following @UHCougarGolf on Twitter.

Fans also can watch video from the ninth and 18th holes each round with Dan McDonald and Gerald Broussard providing commentary for the video stream. Fans can watch the video stream here (Monday | Tuesday).

The Cougars join a competitive field at the Louisiana Classics. The tournament features six teams among GolfStat's top 50 including three in the top 25.

Houston, which is ranked No. 34 nationally in the latest GolfStat rankings, joins host Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 20 Illinois, Kansas, No. 23 Kent State, Louisiana Tech, No. 14 LSU, Memphis, No. 47 South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State, No. 38 Tulsa and UTSA

Dismuke recently announced that Robledo, Pilgrim, Reed, Dusenbury and Martino would represent the Cougars at the Louisiana Classics.

"I like this lineup a lot because it's full of underdogs. We have some guys in this lineup that are hungry and had to work hard to get into our lineup. This is the first time we have gone with this particular group, and I am anxious to see how they do."

Only a sophomore, Robledo has become a fixture at the top of the Houston lineup during his career. After struggling through the first two rounds, the Harlingen, Texas, native fired a 68 in the final round to move up 28 places and tie for 11th. It was the ninth top-20 finish of his career.

With his impressive play last weekend, Pilgrim earned a place in the Cougars' lineup this week. At the BCCC, Pilgrim enjoyed a career tournament, posting 18-, 36- and 54-hole personal bests with a career-best finish. He opened the tournament with a bogey-free 68 on the Cougars' home course and followed with a 71 on the way to a score of 212, the lowest total by any Cougar in 2012-13.

Reed has competed in every team tournament at Houston during his career and tied for 15th, thanks to a second-round 69. The Castroville, Texas, finished among the top-20 leaders for the 13th time during his career, the most by an active member.

Competing in his first collegiate season, Martino emerged late in the fall season and has continued that play in the spring. The Southlake, Texas, native has finished among the top-20 leaders in all four tournaments in which he has competed and leads the Cougars with a 72.08 scoring average.

Dusenbury earned a place in the Cougars' starting lineup this week with an strong showing at the BCCC. The League City, Texas, native lowered his score with each round and capped the tournament with a 2-under-par 70 to move into a tie for 18th. It was his second straight top-20 finish after tying for ninth at the Harold Funston Invitational in early October.

Following the Louisiana Classics, the Cougars continue their spring season on March 11-12 when they compete at the Auburn Intercollegiate at Grand National Club in Auburn, Ala.


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