Golf Plays Host to Return of The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate
April 5, 2012
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Some of the nation's top collegiate golfers and team will descend on the greater Houston area next week for the return of The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate.
Hosted by the University of Houston, the two-day, 54-hole tournament tees off with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start Monday at The Woodlands Country Club. The event wraps up with an 8 a.m., starting tee time Tuesday for the final 18 holes on the 7,018-yard, par-72 course.
"This is a great test of golf. The hole locations can be hidden well, so players have to hit good iron shots," Dismuke said. "The team that plays the best this week will be the one that controls its distance and hits the ball on the proper side of the hole. You must be precise in controlling your distance and your direction."
Admission is free, and all fans are invited to come out to support the Cougars. Live scoring will be provided on GolfStat.com by following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
The Cougars will be part of an impressive 15-team field that includes six programs among the nation's top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings.
That group includes No. 10 Arkansas, No. 27 Baylor, No. 19 Clemson, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 32 North Texas, Notre Dame, Rice, No. 44 SMU, Southeastern Louisiana, No. 14 Texas A&M, Texas State, Tulsa and UT Arlington.
Houston checks in at No. 59 in the most recent poll and has risen more than 100 spots since the preseason rankings came out in the fall.
Individually, the tournament features seven student-athletes who rank among GolfWeek's top 100 nationally. Arkansas leads the way with three players (Ethan Tracy, No. 28; Sebastian Cappelen, No. 54; Josh Eure, No. 98) on that list.
Clemson (Corbin Mills, No. 28; Crawford Reeves. No. 44) boasts two student-athletes in that group with Mills competing at the Masters this week.
Baylor's Joakkim Mikkelsen (No. 44) and North Texas' Carlos Ortiz also rank among the nation's top collegiate golfers.
In their last outing, the Cougars finished 12th at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational against a prestigious field. The team's final standing snapped its streak of eight straight tournaments among the top-nine team leaders. Despite that finish, Dismuke said he was pleased with his team's focus heading into its home tournament.
"We addressed a few things from last week. We had some down time this week to take advantage of practice and prepare," Dismuke said. "I like the way we are shaping up."
Competing in his first season with the Cougars, junior James Ross has emerged as one of the team's leaders. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native leads the team with a 72.70 scoring average and six rounds in the 60s and stands second with 11 rounds of par or better.
He posted a score of 8-under-par 208 to lead the team and finish eighth at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational on March 31-April 1. It was his team-leading fourth top-10 finish of the season and the lowest 54-hole score by any Cougar in 2011-12.
Freshman Roman Robledo also has made an immediate impact in his first season. The Harlingen, Texas, native leads the team with 12 rounds of par or better and ranks second on the team with a 73.00 scoring average.
Sophomore Curtis Reed joins with Robledo as the only two Cougars to compete in all 10 team tournaments to date. With a 69 in the second round at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational last weekend, the Castroville, Texas, native posted a season low and stands third among the Cougars with nine rounds of par or better.
Sophomore Jesse Droemer lowered his score with each round at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational and has competed in all but one tournament in 2011-12.
Sophomore Bryn Flanagan returns to the Cougars' starting lineup after a successful outing at the Jim West Intercollegiate earlier this week. The Krugersdorp, South Africa, native shot an even-par 72 for the first two rounds and capped his tournament with a 2-under-par 70 to finish in a tie for eighth place at 214.
It was Flanagan's second top-10 finish this season after tying for seventh at the HBU Husky Invitational on Oct. 24-25, 2011.
Senior Eric Adler will be one of two Cougars competing as individuals at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate. Adler joined Flanagan at the Jim West Intercollegiate and finished in a tie for 32nd place at 221. The Sugar Land, Texas, native posted a season-low-tying 71 in the final round.
The Cougars' second individual competitor will be announced Friday evening after qualifying. Neither of the two individuals' will count toward the Cougars' team total.
ALL-AMERICAN INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY
For years, the All-American Intercollegiate ranked as one of the nation's premier collegiate tournaments, featuring some of the country's top student-athletes and teams.
The tournament was played every season from 1955 to 1990. After a one-year break in 1992, the tournament picked up and was played again from 1992 to 1997. The All-American Intercollegiate resumed in 2006 and was played each season through the 2008-09 campaign.
This will be the first time since 2009 that the Cougars have played host to this event. That year, Southeastern Louisiana captured the team title with a score of 874. Middle Tennessee's Kent Bulle earned medalist honors after finishing with a score of 7-under-par 209.
The Cougars lead the way in their tournament with 23 team titles and 20 individual championships during its history.
The field includes several veterans of The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate, including Texas A&M (42 appearances), Rice (36), North Texas (36), SMU (34). Baylor (32).
Clemson and Notre Dame will be making their first appearances at the Cougars' home tournament. Southeastern Louisiana will make only its fourth appearance at the event but enters as the defending champion after its team title in 2009.
THE WOODLANDS COUNTRY CLUB
For the first time in tournament history, the event will be played on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club.
The Woodlands CC becomes the sixth different venue to host the All-American Intercollegiate, joining Pine Forest Country Club (1955-1969, 1997), Atascocita Country Club (1970-1980), Bear Creek Golf World (1981-1990), Old Orchard Golf Club (1992-96) and the Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club (2006-09).
The Tournament Course has proudly served as host to the Insperity Championship since 2008. Measuring 7,018 yards with a par of 72, it was designed by the nationally recognized design firm von Hagge-Devlin with Robert von Hagge serving as chief designer.
The course winds through the village of Grogan's Mill and is considered by many to be one of the best as well as most fair tests of a golfer's ability in the Southwest.
The facility also features the Tournament Course clubhouse, which recently underwent a renovation of more than $5 million.