Men's Golf Travels To Conference USA Championships

April 27, 2007

Houston - The University of Houston men's golf team travels to Texarkana, Texas, where the Cougars will compete in the 2007 Conference USA Golf Championships Tournament at the Texarkana Country Club on April 29- May 1.

Houston is part of a 12-team field that will be competing on the par-72, 6,935-yard course. The winner of the championship earns Conference USA's automatic berth to the NCAA Regional Championships. The championship tournament consists of 54 holes with 18 holes being played each day starting at 8:00 a.m. For updated results, please check the Conference USA website at www.ConferenceUSA.com

Houston enters the Conference USA Championships with three of the top 16 golfers in C-USA this season. Junior Jordan Irwin leads Houston and is ranked seventh among C-USA leaders with an average of 772.80 strokes per round. Senior Pablo Acuña is ranked 14th among league leaders with an average of 73.77 strokes per round and fellow senior Ricky Romano is 16th with a 73.83 average.

Houston's lineup at the Conference USA Championships will have Acuña in the No. One position after he was Houston's top finisher at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate Tournament. Acuña has two Top-10 showings this season after being the runner-up behind teammate Jordan Irwin at the Mean Green Classic and registering an eighth-place finish at the North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Irwin will be in the Number Two position after he finished 38th at the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament. Irwin has four Top Five finishes this season. Irwin, who tied for 34th place at the 2006 C-USA Tournament, was the individual champion at the Mean Green Classic and the GADO North Texas Classic. He also was the runner-up at the Augusta State Invitational with a six-under-par score and finished in second place at the Kansas Invitational last fall.

Romano, who will start the tournament in the No. Three spot, has a 73.83 average this season and four Top-10 finishes at tournaments this season. He finished in seventh place at the Border Olympics with a four-under-par score of 212. Romano's best finish this season was at Pepperdine's Club Glove Intercollegiate when he finished as the runner-up with a score of three-over par. He also finished in sixth place at Houston's All-American Intercollegiate and in fourth place at the Kansas Invitational.

Frazier, will play in the No. Four position, and had his best showing at the Border Olympics when he finished in 32nd place.

Lindsey returns to Houston's lineup, and is the only freshman on Houston's roster this season. He has played in three tournaments this year, with his best showing coming at the GADO North Texas Classic when he finished in 28th place.

The University of Houston golf team placed three players on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. The Commissioner's Honor Roll consists of current student-athletes who have maintained a cumulative grade point average above 3.0. This marks the third straight season Patel has been named to the Honor Roll and it is the second time in the last three years that Irwin has attained the honor. He also was a member of the 2005 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Sophomore Steven Frazier has been selected to play individually in the 2007 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships that will be held May 11-13 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. This year's field includes players from a record 38 colleges and universities, including nine schools that are competing for the first time.

The National Minority College Golf Championship originated in 1986 following the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament at Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. The tournament was first played in 1987 at Cleveland, Ohio. The PGA has hosted this national tournament at the PGA Golf Club in St. Lucie since 1998. In 2006, the tournament was renamed the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and consisted of 132 male and female players from 29 colleges and universities.

Houston enters the Conference USA Championships ranked 10th in the latest NCAA Division I South Central District. Lamar is the top-ranked team in the district. The Cardinals are followed by Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Southeastern Louisiana, Baylor, SMU, Sam Houston State and Houston. The next 10 teams in the poll include Arkansas, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana-Lafayette, UTSA, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Rice, Texas-Pan American, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State.

As mentioned earlier, the winner of the Conference USA Championship Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Championships. The NCAA Regional Tournaments will be held May 17-19 in Alpharetta, Ga., Grove, Ill., and Tempe Ariz. The NCAA Championship Tournament will be played May 30-June 2 at Williamsburg, Va.



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