Cougars Decorate All-Conference USA Men's Golf Teams
April 30, 2013
HOUSTON - After winning three tournaments - including the recent Conference USA Championships - and returning to the nation's Top 25 rankings, the University of Houston Men's Golf program placed several members on the league's postseason squads, which were released Tuesday morning.
Junior Curtis Reed and sophomore Roman Robledo were named to the All-Conference USA First Team, while junior Wesley McClain received a Second Team nod. Vincent Martino was named to the league's five-man All-Freshman Team, while Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke was recognized as the C-USA Coach of the Year.
They were the first C-USA postseason honors for each of the five Cougars.
Robledo led the Cougars to a sweep of the Conference USA Championships team and individual titles for the first time since 2001. The Harlingen, Texas, native finished the three-day tournament with a score of 8-under-par 208 and capped his stay at the tournament with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the final round for the first win of his collegiate career.
This season, Robledo tops the Cougars with a 72.83 scoring average and ranks second on the team with 10 rounds of par or better. With his career-low 65 in the second round of the C-USA Championships, he posted the team's lowest 18-hole total of the season and became only the second player in school history to shoot 65 at a conference postseason event.
Reed, who is the only Cougar to compete in all 11 team-scoring events this season, was one of three student-athletes to tie for 10th at the C-USA Championships, marking the second straight season he finished among the league's top-10 leaders. The Castroville, Texas, native stands third among the Cougars with a 73.30 average and tops the team with 13 rounds of par or better.
McClain stands second on the team with a 73.19 scoring average and earned a pair of top-five individual finishes, including a career-best second-place showing at the Border Olympics in mid-March.
Competing in his first collegiate season, Martino has competed in 10 tournaments in 2012-13 and tied with Reed and sophomore Kyle Pilgrim for 10th place at the recent C-USA Championships. The Southlake, Texas, native has posted five top-20 individual finishes this season with a career-best 67 in the final round of the Rice Intercollegiate in early February.
Dismuke became the first Houston coach since Mike Dirks in 1999 to be named the league's Coach of the Year. With three team tournament titles and nine top-five showings, the Cougars returned to the nation's top-25 rankings for the first time since September 2001 and will compete at the NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season.
ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Curtis Reed, Houston
Roman Robledo, Houston
Nathan Kerns, Marshall
Bryson Dechambeau, SMU
Greg Eason, UCF
ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
The Cougars will now wait to learn their NCAA postseason fate. The NCAA Regional field announcement will be made at 8 p.m., Monday, on NCAA.com during the NCAA.com Selection Show.
The Cougars, who are ranked No. 25 nationally in the latest GolfStat.com rankings, are set to advance to the NCAA Regionals for the second straight season. It will be the first time since 2000-01 that the Cougars competed in the NCAA postseason in consecutive years.
Monday will be part of a busy day for Houston Golf. Earlier in the day, the Cougars will play host to the annual Dave Williams Pro-Am at The Woodlands Country Club. This wonderful event benefits Project 17 - the Houston Golf booster club - and the capital campaign for the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club.
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