|NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL|
|Time||Monday, May 15 • 18 holes
10:30 a.m. (CDT) start
• Scobie – 11:25 a.m. (CDT) off No 1
• Beshoory – 11:36 .m. (CDT)
• Tracy – 11:47 a.m. (CDT)
• Gonzalez – 11:58 a.m. (CDT)
• Perras – 12:09 p.m. (CDT)
Wednesday, May 17 • 18 holes
|Location||Stanford Golf Course
6,727 yards • Par 70
STANFORD, Calif. – The University of Houston Men’s Golf program opens NCAA postseason play when it tees off at the NCAA Stanford Regional, beginning Monday morning at the Stanford Golf Course.
The Cougars will compete as the No. 9 seed at the NCAA Stanford Regional for Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke. The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Monday and runs through Wednesday with 18 holes scheduled each day on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course.
This season, the Cougars – who stand at No. 51 in the latest Golfstat national rankings – have posted five top-five team finishes with second-place showings at the American Athletic Conference Championships, Bayou City Collegiate Classic, Royal Oaks Intercollegiate and Border Olympics.
Houston was one of 81 teams and 45 individuals (13 teams and 10 individuals at three NCAA Regionals; 14 teams and five individuals at three NCAA Regionals) selected to compete in the first stage of the NCAA postseason.
Other teams will compete at The Grove (College Grove, Tenn., hosted by Middle Tennessee); Kampen Course (West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue); University of Texas Golf Club (Austin, Texas); University Club (Baton Rouge, La., hosted by LSU) and Aldarra Golf Club (Sammamish, Wash., hosted by Washington).
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Michael Perras – Leads Cougars with 71.57 average, seven rounds in the 60s and 20 rounds of par or better… 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships medalist… 2016-17 All-American Athletic Conference Team member… Has posted top-20 finishes in nine of his last 10 tournaments… Defeated USF’s Cristian DiMarco on the first hole of a playoff to win the 2017 American Championships title… Became first Cougar in school history to win NCAA Regional and conference championships titles during his career… Making his second NCAA Regional appearance.. Captured the 2016 Franklin Regional individual title with score of 16-under 200 at Vanderbilt Legends Club… Became second Cougar to post three straight rounds in the 60s in NCAA Regional play… Tied for seventh at 3M Augusta Invitational with score of 7-under 209 (April 1-2)… Tied for fourth with score of 6-under 138 in rain shortened Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club (March 10-11.)… Tied for seventh at 4-under 212 to lead the Cougars at the All-American Intercollegiate presented by Coca-Cola at Golf Club of Houston (Feb. 17-19)… Native of Deer Park, Texas, and product of Deer Park High School… Grandfather, Fred, Marti, competed for the Cougars under legendary Head Coach Dave Williams and was a member of Houston’s 1962 NCAA national championship team.
Papito Gonzalez – Second among Cougars with 71.94 average and 18 rounds of par or better… 2016-17 All-American Athletic Conference Team member… Making his second appearance in NCAA Regional play… Tied for 61st at 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional with score of 221 at Vanderbilt Legends Club… Tied for fifth at American Athletic Conference Championships with score of 214… Opened that tournament with 68 and closed with a 70… Tied for eighth at Bayou City Collegiate Classic at 1-under 215… Opened that tournament with consecutive sub-par rounds… Opened Maui Jim Intercollegiate with career-low 67 and followed with 70… Native of McAllen, Texas, and product of Memorial High School… Was an award-winning basketball guard in high school before focusing solely on golf.
Zach Tracy – Fourth on team with 73.06 average but stands third with 14 rounds of par or better… Making his NCAA Regionals debut… Tied for sixth with score of 145 to lead Houston at the UT Longhorn Shootout on April 15… Fired three straight sub-par rounds to tie for third at 4-under 212 at the Colin Montgomerie Invitational at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring (Feb. 27-28)… Made his collegiate debut a memorable one… Posted three straight rounds of par or better at Bayou City Collegiate Classic to lead Cougars and tie for fifth at 2-under 214 at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, Texas... Sat out as a redshirt with the Cougars in 2015-16… Native of Houston and product of Seven Lakes High School.
Pryce Beshoory –73.48 average with eight rounds of par or better… Making his NCAA Regionals debut… Opened and closed Royal Oaks Intercollegiate with sub-par rounds and tied for 21st at 215 (Oct. 24-25)… Native of Pearland, Texas, and product of Lutheran South Academy… Member of Pearland Little League team, which finished fourth at 2010 Little League World Series.
Matt Scobie – Three-year letterman… 73.93 average with eight rounds of par or better this season… Making his second straight NCAA Regional appearance… Tied for 45th at 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional with score of 217 at Vanderbilt Legends Club… Posted 13-stroke improvement in Second Round with 67 at that tournament… Tied for 19th at the All-American Intercollegiate presented by Coca-Cola with score of 1-under 215. … Native of Ajax, Ontario, Canada and product of Ajax High School.
Monday’s First Round tees off with a 10:30 a.m. (CDT) start. The Cougars will compete in groups with No. 7 seed North Florida and No. 8 seed BYU beginning at 11:25 a.m. (CDT) off No. 1
Scobie begins at 11:25 a.m. (CDT) Monday with Beshoory (11:36 a.m. CDT), Tracy (11:47 a.m. CDT), Gonzalez (11:58 a.m. CDT) and Perras (12:09 p.m. CDT) following.
The Cougars will compete against No. 1 seed Stanford; No. 2 seed Baylor; No. 3 seed Oklahoma; No. 4 seed Georgia Tech; No. 5 seed Pepperdine; No. 6 seed North Carolina; No. 7 seed North Florida; No. 8 seed BYU; No. 10 seed Ohio State; No. 11 seed UC Santa Barbara; No. 12 seed Sacramento State and No. 13 seed South Dakota State.
The NCAA Stanford Regional features four of the nation’s top-25 teams and eight of the top 50. Houston enters the NCAA postseason at No. 51 in the latest Golfstat national rankings.
Collin Morikawa (California); Hayden Shieh (Santa Clara); David Kim (UC Irvine); Justin Doeden (Minnesota); Andres Gonzalez (Long Beach State); Felix Mory (Cal State Northridge); Fidel Concepcion (Southern Utah) ; Grant Booth (Nevada); Brian Humphreys (Boise State) and Mike Graboyes (Cornell) will compete as individuals at the NCAA Stanford Regional.
The top-five teams and top individual not on a qualifying team at each of the six NCAA Regionals advance to compete at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
NCAA REGIONALS HISTORY
This marks the 20th NCAA Regional appearance in Houston history. It also marks the program’s sixth straight NCAA Regional berth under Dismuke’s leadership.
During its history, Houston has recorded one NCAA Regional team championship, four individual titles and nine top-five finishes.
The Cougars have enjoyed individual champions in each of their last two NCAA Regional appearances. Perras captured the championship at the NCAA Franklin Regional in 2016, and Blair Hamilton won the NCAA Lubbock Regional in 2015.
With his recent American Championship title, Perras became the first Cougar in school history to win NCAA Regional and conference championship titles during his career.
This will be the first time the Cougars have competed at Stanford during NCAA Regional play. However, it marks Houston’s third NCAA postseason appearance there.
The Cougars captured the 1966 NCAA team national championship with the 1981 team finishing third at Stanford Golf Course.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last tournament, the Cougars posted a score of 872 to tie for second at the American Athletic Conference Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Club on April 23-25.
Perras defeated USF’s Cristian DiMarco on the first playoff to win the first American Championships title of his career after both players tied at 1-under 211 through 54 holes.
Gonzalez tied for fifth with a score of 214 after opening that tournament with a 68.
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