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|Time||Sunday, April 22 • 18 holes
6:30 a.m. (CDT) split-tee start
Gonzalez – 7:55 a.m. CDT off No. 1
Gardner – 8:04 am
Williams – 8:12 a.m.
Tracy – 8:21 a.m.
Perras – 8:29 a.m.
|Location||Copperhead Course –
Innisbrook Golf Club
Palm Harbor, Fla.
7,125 yards • Par 71
Teams will play 18 holes each day through Tuesday on the 7,125-yard, par-71 layout.
Senior Michael Perras looks to defend his individual championship on this course from a year ago. In 2017, Perras finished with a score of 1-under 212 and defeated USF’s Cristian DiMarco on the first hole of a playoff to capture the third individual championship of his career.
He became the first player in program history to win NCAA Regional and Conference Championships titles during his career.
Fans can follow live scoring at the American Athletic Conference Championships by visiting Golfstat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Under the leadership of Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke, the Cougars will be represented by senior and defending American Championships medalist Michael Perras, sophomore Zach Tracy, sophomore George Gardner, junior Matt Williams and senior Papito Gonzalez.
This season, Perras leads the Cougars with a 70.81 average and 22rounds of par or better, including nine in the 60s. Tracy stands third on the squad with a 72.93 average and 13 rounds of par or better.
Perras and Gonzalez will be competing in their third consecutive American Championships, while Williams and Tracy will make their second straight appearances. Gardner will make his postseason conference debut at the 2018 tournament.
The Cougars will compete in a 10-team field, which features No 21 USF, UCF, ECU, Cincinnati, Memphis, UConn, SMU, Temple and Wichita State.
For Sunday’s First Round, the Cougars will compete in groups with student-athletes from USF.
Gonzalez will lead the way off No. 10 at 7:55 a.m. (CDT), with Williams (8:03 a.m. CDT), Gardner (8:11 a.m. CDT), Tracy (8:19 a.m. CDT) and Perras (8:27 a.m. CDT) following.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
The Cougars have enjoyed a rich history in conference championships, recording 20 team titles with 21 individual medalists.
Dismuke led the 2013 Cougars to a score of 857 during the Conference USA Championships at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Ark.
With his individual title a year ago, Perras became the first Cougar to win a Conference Championships since Roman Robledo finished with a score of 8-under 208 at the 2013 Conference USA Championships.
LAST TIME OUT
In the team’s last action, the Cougars lowered their scored with each and posted a total of 894 to finish sixth at the Aggie Invitational on April 7-8 at Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Perras opened the tournament with a 70 for the Cougars’ low round and tied for seventh with a score of even-par 216. Williams joined Perras among the Top-20 leaders, tying for 19th at 223.
A YEAR AGO
Behind Perras’ steady play, the Cougars posted a score of 872 to tie for second. It was the second straight season in which Houston finished among the Top-3 leaders.
Gonzalez tied for fifth at 231 after opening the tournament with a 68 and later joined Perras on the All-American Athletic Conference Team. Matt Scobie finished with a score of 221 to tie for 15th.
Following the American Athletic Conference Championships, the Cougars will learn their NCAA postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show, set for 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, on Golf Channel.
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