Men's Golf Opens Play at NCAA Eugene Regional
May 13, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Houston Men's Golf program opens NCAA postseason play Thursday morning when it tees off at the NCAA Eugene Regional at Eugene Country Club.
The Cougars, who are competing as the No. 2 seed, will be making their third straight NCAA Regional appearance as a team, a first since 1998-01. In addition, Houston's No. 2 seeding marks the highest in school history, topping last season's No. 5 seeding at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
The NCAA Eugene Regional begins Thursday morning and continues through Saturday afternoon on the 6,990-yard, par-70 course layout with 18 holes each day. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting Golfstat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can receive information about all the participating teams and individual student-athletes by visiting NCAA Eugene Regional Central at GoDucks.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
The Cougars will be joined at the NCAA Eugene Regional by No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 3 seed Oklahoma, No. 4 seed South Carolina, No. 5 seed Baylor, No. 6 seed Liberty, No. 7 seed and host Oregon, No. 8 seed Tennessee, No. 9 seed North Florida, No. 10 seed East Tennessee State, No. 11 seed Chattanooga, No. 12 seed Wichita State and No. 13 seed Northern Colorado.
The NCAA Eugene Regional joins the NCAA Auburn, Columbia and Sugar Grove Regionals with seven top-40 teams in its fields. In addition to the 10th-ranked Cougars, the NCAA Eugene Regional includes No. 3 Stanford, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 22 South Carolina, No. 27 Baylor, No. 34 Liberty and No. 40 Oregon.
Houston has posted a combined 12-2 record against teams at the NCAA Eugene Regional this season. It will be the first time that the Cougars have faced Stanford, Oregon, North Florida, East Tennessee State and Wichita State in 2013-14.
The top-5 teams and the top individual not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Houston has not competed at the NCAA Championships since 2001.
The Cougars have enjoyed tremendous success during the 2013-14 campaign. Houston has been ranked among the nation's top-20 leaders in all national polls for the majority of the season, rising as high as No. 7 at one point.
Houston has earned four team championships, including three consecutive titles to open the spring campaign. Junior Roman Robledo captured four individual titles, including three straight to open the spring, while junior Kyle Pilgrim won his first medalist honor after shooting a final-round 66 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Sept. 23-24.
Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke and associate head coach Chris Hill will use the starting lineup that they have used for most of the spring season. Ross, Reed and Wesley McClain and Robledo and Pilgrim will represent the Cougars during the NCAA Eugene Regional.
Robledo has been one of college golf's top performers during the 2013-14 season. The Harlingen, Texas, native has posted four tournament wins, including three straight to open the spring season, in 2013-14 and has enjoyed seven top-10 finishes in 11 events.
Robledo, who is ranked No. 25 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, is a two-time American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week recipient and leads the Cougars with a 71.34 scoring average and 21 rounds of par or better.
He has posted fourth-place finishes in each of his last two tournaments, including the American Athletic Conference Championships. It was the third consecutive season that Robledo finished among the top-5 leaders at a conference postseason tournament.
Ross stands second among the Cougars with a 72.307 scoring average and has made a name for himself on the international stage as well this season. In late March, he sat out a collegiate event to represent his native Scotland on Team Europe in an international friendly match vs. Team Asia/Pacific for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in Bangalore, India.
He recently was named one of 10 amateurs to compete for Team Europe in the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-like event, scheduled for June 26-28 in Surrey, England.
This season, Ross has competed in nine events and enjoyed six top-10 showings, including a tie for second at the Reunion Intercollegiate on April 15. That tied his best finish as a Cougar, first set at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic early in the 2011 fall season.
As he has throughout his collegiate career, Reed will represent the Cougars at a postseason event. The Castroville, Texas, native is the only student-athlete to compete in every team-scoring event during the last four years and recently became just the sixth player in school history to move past 10,000 strokes during his career.
He currently ranks fifth in Houston career history with 10,257 strokes and 140 rounds played during his collegiate playing days.
Reed has enjoyed nine top-20 finishes in 11 events this season, including three straight top-10 showings at the 3M Augusta Invitational (April 5-6), Reunion Intercollegiate (April 14-15) and American Athletic Conference Championships (April 27-29). It marked his third top-10 finish or better at a conference postseason tournament.
Robledo, Ross and Reed each were named to the All-American Athletic-Conference postseason team for their stellar play throughout the 2013-14 season.
McClain has been a regular in the Cougars' lineup this season. The proud Diboll, Texas, native has competed in nine events this season with a 72.93 scoring average and compiled three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the Cougars' own Bayou City Collegiate Championship in late February.
McClain recently joined with Reed, Ross and senior Bryn Flanagan in receiving their bachelor's degrees from the University of Houston.
Pilgrim has competed in eight events this season and compiled a 73.08 average. The Colleyville, Texas, native joins Robledo as the only Cougars to win an individual title in 2013-14.
In late September fired a final-round to finish at 5-under-par 208 and help lead the Cougars to the team title at the Fighting Irish He became the 29th player in school history to shoot 66 or better in a round but only the ninth Cougar to shoot 66 or lower in the third round or later of an event.
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