Men's Golf Returns to Host Border Olympics this Weekend
March 12, 2014
LAREDO, Texas - Winners of their last two tournaments, the eighth-ranked University of Houston Men's Golf program returns to action this weekend to play host to the Border Olympics, starting Friday morning at Laredo Country Club.
The tournament tees off Friday morning with 36 holes on the 7,125-yard, par-72 course with the final 18 holes to begin Saturday morning. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting GolfStat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
The 17-team field features the Cougars, No. 14 Oklahoma, No. 25 Baylor, Air Force, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Gonzaga, Lamar, McNeese State, Northern Colorado, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, ULM, UT Arlington, UT Pan American and UTSA.
A year ago, the Cougars captured the team title at this event, winning by eight strokes over Oklahoma. Central Arkansas' earned medalist honors, thanks to a second-round 65, and finished at 7-under-par 209, two strokes in front of Houston's Wesley McClain.
Houston enters this weekend's event as the winners of its last two tournaments, the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and its own Bayou City Collegiate Championship. It was the first time since 2005-06 that the Cougars won back-to-back team titles.
At the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 2-4, the Cougars upset defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Alabama, snapping the Crimson Tide's 11-tournament winning streak dating back to last season.
Leading the way for the Cougars is junior Roman Robledo. The Harlingen, Texas, native has won his last two tournaments and four of his last eight events, becoming the first Cougar since Andy Sanders in 1999 to win consecutive tournaments.
He leads the team with a 71.06 scoring average, including a 68.68 mark in his last two tournaments, with 12 rounds or par or better, including six in the 60s. With a final-round 73 at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, he saw his impressive streak of five straight rounds in the 60s snapped but held on for a one-stroke victory.
With his dazzling recent play, Robledo has moved from No. 98 in the Feb. 17 Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings to his current standing at No. 20.
Senior James Ross has been steady for the Cougars all season and ranks a close second to Robledo with a 71.93 scoring average. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native has posted four top-10 finishes in five tournaments this season, including a tie for eighth at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
Ross lowered his score with each round, firing an even-par 71 to finish at 3-over-par 213.
Senior Curtis Reed has been a fixture in the Houston lineup since his arrival. The Castroville, Texas, native is the only Cougar to compete in every team-scoring tournament since 2010 and is ranked 11th in Houston career history in strokes and rounds played.
This season, Reed has posted a 72.72 scoring average and ranks second on the team with nine rounds of par or better.
Senior Wesley McClain moved into third among the Cougars with a 72.60 scoring average and has totaled three rounds in the 60s this season. The proud Diboll, Texas, native has enjoyed a pair of top-10 showings this season, including a tie for second at Houston's own Bayou City Collegiate Championship.
Junior Kyle Pilgrim will be the final Cougar in the team's starting lineup this weekend. The Colleyville, Texas, native captured the individual title at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in late September and tied for 10th at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship. He ranks fourth on the team with a 72.67 scoring average and has enjoyed six rounds of par or better.
Martino helped lead the Cougars to the team championship at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic with a fourth-place individual showing in late September. Flanagan has competed in two tournaments this season, while Scobie posted four straight top-10 finishes in the late fall and early spring seasons.
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Following the Border Olympics, the Cougars will join with Arkansas to host The Floridian on March 24-25 at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.
From there, the team will compete at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational, hosted by Augusta State on April 5-6 at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.