March 20, 2014
HOUSTON - University of Houston men's golfers Roman Robledo and James Ross continued to stand among the top-15 leaders in the recent Palmer Cup rankings.
The top six golfers in the final rankings from both the United States and Europe will be selected to compete in the Palmer Cup, slated for June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
Robledo moved up to No. 9 in the latest rankings, up seven places from the first release of the season. Ross stands at No. 14 in the most recent rankings.
This season, Robledo has emerged as one of the nation's leading collegiate players. The Harlingen, Texas, native has won each of his last three events and led the Cougars to team titles in each of the last three tournaments, a first since 2005-06.
He tops the Cougars with an impressive 70.86 scoring average, 15 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s. In addition, Robledo has won five of the last nine tournaments in which he has competed, including four in 2013-14 alone.
He is a two-time American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week and was recognized by Golfweek as its National Player of the Week earlier this week.
Ross has been equally impressive for the Cougars. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native stands second among the Cougars with a 72.00 average and 10 rounds of par or better and has finished among the top-10 leaders in each of his last four events, including an eighth-place showing at the recent Border Olympics.
In addition, Ross will represent his native Scotland and compete for Team Europe at next week's Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy. He is one of 12 European amateurs who will face Team Asia/Pacific at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India. That event runs March 26-28.
This will not be the first international competition for Ross. Earlier this year, he was the co-champion of individual stroke play at the European Amateur Team Championship while leading Scotland to a runner-up finish. In addition, he was named 2013 Scottish Amateur of the Year.
ABOUT THE PALMER CUP
Using Golfstat's NCAA Player ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a negative rating for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
For the United States, the remaining four players will be selected with three committee picks and one coach's pick. The selections by the committee may take into account a number of factors, including the current college season, results in amateur events since the last Palmer Cup, match-play record and performance in previous international team events. One of the U.S. Committee picks must be a non NCAA Division I player.
The final four spots for Team Europe will consist of the champion of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, two committee picks and one coaches' selection. European Palmer Cup Selection Committee and coaches' picks will use their same criteria as their U.S. counterparts and may select college golfers competing in both the United States and Europe.
The next Palmer Cup ranking will be released April 2. For more information, visit PalmerCup.org.
While Ross competes for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy next week, Robledo and the Cougars will compete at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian presented by Insperity at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., starting Monday. The tournament features one of the nation's top collegiate fields with four top-10 and nine top-25 teams competing and runs through Tuesday afternoon.
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