Golf Finishes Regular Season at Morris Williams Invitational
April 12, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Houston Men's Golf team faces another outstanding field when it competes at the Morris Williams Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club, starting Saturday morning.
The tournament tees off at 8:15 a.m., Saturday, with 36 holes scheduled for the day on the 7,412-yard, par-71 course. The event wraps up Sunday morning with the final 18 holes.
Longhorn Network will air Morris Williams Invitational highlights from 7 to 8 p.m., April 27 and again on April 28. Will Haskett and Phil Blackmar will offer commentary on the broadcasts.
Houston enters this weekend's event after tying for seventh at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational. Facing a top field, the Cougars posted their first finish outside of the top-five team leaders in nine tournaments this season.
The 25th-ranked Cougars will be part of another prestigious field with all but one member of the 12-team field ranked among GolfStat's top-50 leaders. Houston will be joined by host and sixth-ranked Texas, No. 4 New Mexico, No. 12 TCU, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Kent State, No. 29 UNLV, No. 36 North Texas, No. 39 Liberty, No. 44 Texas Tech, No. 49 Baylor and UT Arlington.
A week ago, Houston squared off against 13 top-50 teams at the Insperity ASU Invitational.
Six student-athletes will represent the Cougars at the Morris Williams Invitational this weekend, director of golf Jonathan Dismuke recently announced.
Reed leads the Cougars with 11 rounds of par or better and stands second on the team with a 73.19 scoring average. The Castroville, Texas, native has led Houston at six different team events in 2012-13 and is the only player to compete in all nine team-scoring tournaments this season.
After sitting out last weekend's Insperity Augusta State Invitational, Robledo returns to the Houston lineup. The Harlingen, Texas, native stands third on the team with a 73.21 scoring average and is tied for the team lead with four rounds in the 60s this season.
McClain ranks second among the Cougars with eight rounds of par or better and has recorded a 73.38 scoring average this season. The Diboll, Texas, native tied for the team's best finish with a second-place showing at the Border Olympics in mid-March.
Flanagan leads the Cougars with a 73.00 scoring average in six tournaments. The Krugersdorp, South Africa, native was the most recent Cougar to shoot a season-low 67, firing that total in the final round at the Border Olympics to help lead the Cougars to the team championship, their second of the season.
Martino has been a regular in the Cougars' lineup during the spring season while competing in his first collegiate season. The Southlake, Texas, native has competed in eight tournaments with six rounds of par or better. He also fired a career-low 67 in the final round at the Rice Intercollegiate in early February.
In addition to their on-course accomplishments, Pilgrim, Reed and Flanagan were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll on Thursday for posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in 2012-13. Pilgrim, who is a member of the UH Honors College, also received the C-USA Academic Medal on Friday, for a cumulative GPA or 3.75 or higher in 2012-13.
Here is where the Cougars will start Saturday's first round: Robledo (Hole No. 6), Reed (No. 7), Pilgrim (No. 8), McClain (No. 9), Flanagan (No. 10) and Martino (No. 18). The team will start on the same holes in the afternoon session, which is slated to start around 1 p.m., Saturday.
Following the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, the Cougars head to Texarkana, Ark., to compete in the Conference USA Championships. That three-day, 54-hole event begins April 21 and continues through April 23. The winner of the league's annual postseason event earns an automatic berth into an NCAA Regional.