Men's Golf Set for Conference USA Championships
April 20, 2013
TEXARKANA, Ark. - For the final time, the University of Houston Men's Golf program will compete at the Conference USA Championships, starting this weekend at Texarkana Country Club.
The three-day, 54-hole event tees off at 8a.m., Sunday, on the 6,935-yard, par-72 course.
The Cougars enter this weekend's event on the heels of a eighth-place finish at the Morris Williams Invitational. The star-studded, 12-team field featured 11 teams among the nation's top 50.
"There is a difference in the regular season and the postseason and we are transitioning into the mindset of the postseason. We don't prepare any differently, but we understand we have played the regular season to get to this point. Nobody remembers what you do in the regular season once you get into the postseason" fourth-year director of golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "We are focusing on being successful and looking forward to competing for the third straight year in Texarkana."
The Cougars will be part of an 11-team field. Houston, which is ranked 29th in the latest GolfStat.com poll, joins No. 20 SMU, No. 37 UCF, No. 43 Tulsa, East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB and UTEP.
The winner of the C-USA Championships receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional, scheduled for May 16-18 at sites across the country.
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Sophomores Roman Robledo and Kyle Pilgrim, juniors Curtis Reed and Wesley McClain and freshman Vincent Martino will represent Houston at the C-USA Championships, director of golf Jonathan Dismuke and men's associate head coach Chris Hill recently announced.
"Four out of our five players have experience on this course, and that `s the most we have had since I've been here. That's always refreshing," Dismuke said. "I really like this group of five players. They have established themselves as our five best players. Each one possesses qualities that can allow to be successful and competitive this week."
McClain leads the Cougars with a 73.13 scoring average and ranks second on the team with 10 rounds of par or better. In the most recent action, the Diboll, Texas, native fired a final-round 70 at the Morris Williams Invitational to surge into a tie for 11th place, his four top-20 finish of the season.
Robledo ranks second on the team with a 73.22 average this season. Finishing fifth at the 2012 C-USA Championships, the Harlingen, Texas, native earned a place on the All-Tournament Team and tied for second earlier this season at the Lone Star Invitational.
Reed is the only student-athlete to compete in all 10 team-scoring events to date. The Castroville, Texas, native is third on the team with a 73.37 average but tops the Cougars with 11 rounds of par or better. He has led the Cougars in six events this season and has played in 102 rounds during his Houston collegiate career.
Pilgrim owns a 73.96 average through nine tournaments but is tied for the team lead with two top-five finishes, including a third-place showing at the Border Olympics in mid-March.
Competing in his first collegiate season, Martino has been a steady performer. The Southlake, Texas, native has fired seven rounds of par or better and tied the Houston season-low with a 67 in the third round at the Rice Intercollegiate in early February.
Following the Conference USA Championships, the Cougars look to compete in the NCAA postseason for the second straight season, a first since 2000-02. Houston will learn its postseason fate at 8 p.m., May 6, during the NCAA.com Selection Show.