Houston Men's Golf Competes at 3m Augusta Invitational this Weekend
April 4, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Winners of three of its last four events, the eighth-ranked University of Houston Men's Golf team hits the course this weekend when it competes at the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The tournament tees off with a 7:30 a.m. (CDT) shotgun start Friday with 36 holes on the 7,028-yard, par-72 course at Forest Hills Golf Club. Sunday's Final Round begins with a 7:30 a.m. (CDT) shotgun start off No. 1 and a 7:45 a.m. start off No. 10. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting GolfStat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
In addition to Houston, the 15-team field features host GRU Augusta, Baylor, UCF, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Illinois, New Mexico, Purdue, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, USC Aiken and Virginia Tech.
The Cougars, who are ranked No. 8 nationally by both Golfstat and Golfweek, enter this weekend's tournament on the heels of a seventh-place finish at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian on March 24-25. Facing one of the nation's top collegiate fields (including four top-10 teams), the Cougars saw their three-tournament winning streak snapped. It was the first time the Cougars did not win a tournament since finishing fifth at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Oct. 5-6.
This annual trip to Augusta always is always a special one for Houston coaches and student-athletes. Competition ends Sunday afternoon, but the Cougars and their opponents don't fly out until Monday evening. Teams use that down time to attend Monday's practice rounds at The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke and associate head coach Chris Hill will return to the lineup they have used most often during the spring season with seniors James Ross, Curtis Reed and Wesley McClain and juniors Roman Robledo and Kyle Pilgrim.
Like the team, Robledo saw his three-tournament win streak come to an end at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian. Despite that setback, the Harlingen, Texas, native has produced one of the finest seasons in school history, winning four events and leading the Cougars with a sparkling 70.96 scoring average, 17 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s.
During his three-tournament winning streak, all but one round was below par with six of the nine in the 60s. Robledo current stands at No. 17 in the latest Golfstat individual rankings.
Pilgrim has competed in all four spring events and enjoyed four top-20 showings, including a 10th-place finish at Houston's own Bayou City Collegiate Championship in late February.
Like Robledo, the Colleyville, Texas, native earned medalist honors in 2013-14. With his final-round 66 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in late September, Pilgrim earned the first individual championship of his collegiate career.
Reed has been a fixture in the Houston lineup during his collegiate career. The Castroville, Texas, native is the only player to have compete in every team-scoring event during the last four seasons and has risen among the Cougars' top-8 all-time career leaders in strokes and rounds played.
This season, he stands third among the Cougars with a 72.54 scoring average but ranks second with 12 rounds of par or better. Reed has enjoyed six top-20 finishes this season, including an 11th-place finish at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in late September
McClain has competed in seven events this season and recorded a 72.57 scoring average with eight rounds of par or better. The proud Diboll, Texas, native has earned four
Ross returns to the Houston starting lineup after sitting out the last event. He represented at his native Scotland for Team Europe in an international amateur match vs. Team Asia/Pacific for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in Bangalore, India, on March 26-28.
Ross helped lead Team Europe to a 17.5-14.5 win over Team Asia/Pacific with a singles win on the final day of competition.
This season, he ranks second on the team with a 72.00 scoring average and has posted 10 rounds of par or better. Ross has finished among the top-10 leaders in five of the six collegiate events in which he has competed, including each of the last four.
In addition, he recently rose to No. 9 for Team Europe in the latest Palmer Cup standings.
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Following the 3M Augusta Invitational, the Cougars conclude their regular-season slate when they take part at the Reunion Intercollegiate, hosted by Mississippi at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, Miss., on April 14-15.