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    All-American Andy Sanders will lead Houston into the NCAA Central Regional Championships.
    All-American Andy Sanders will lead Houston into the NCAA Central Regional Championships.
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    HOUSTON TRAVELS TO NCAA CENTRAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
    The University of Houston men's golf team will travel to Stillwater, Okla., and play in the NCAA Central Championships on May 16-19. This marks the fifth straight year that Houston has qualified for the NCAA Central Region Championships. The Cougars won the Central Regional in 1998 and finished fourth last season. Houston also finished fifth in 1997 and 1999.

    COUGARS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
    The Cougars enter the tournament ranked 19th nationally in the latest Mastercard Collegiate Golf rankings and Golf Week magazine. Individually, Houston has four of the top 96 golfers in Mastercard's Collegiate Golf national rankings. Andy Sanders is ranked 47th, Wade Ormsby is 57, Simon Robinson is 65th and Conference USA individual champion Brad McIntosh is 96th.
    In Golf Week individual rankings, Sanders is ranked 40th with a 71.22 rating. Ormsby is 105th with 72.27, while McIntosh is 110th with a rating of 72.29. Robinson is 127 with a 72.44 rating.
    The Cougars also are ranked third among the top NCAA District VI leaders heading into the Tournament.

    FIVE FOR FIVE
    Conference USA Championships are becoming second nature for the University of Houston. Since joining C-USA in the 1996-97 academic season, the Cougars have owned the conference crown, winning all five tournaments. Houston shot an 857 as a team on April 23-25 in Navarre, Fla., to win the 2001 title. The Cougars easily out-distanced runner-up, UAB, by 16 strokes.
    Houston was a model of consistency at the league championships, firing 290, 292 and 290 to claim the crown. Four Cougars placed in the top 10, including medalist Brad McIntosh, who shot a two-under par, 214. Simon Robinson finished in third place with a 217 and Wade Ormsby tied for sixth with a 219. 2000 All-American Andy Sanders was in a three-way tie for 10th at 222.

    HOUSTON HEAD COACH MIKE DIRKS
    Houston head coach Mike Dirks has continued the storied tradition of Cougar Golf since his arrival in 1994. With Houston's fifth straight Conference USA Championship this season, Dirks has now guided the Cougars to 12 tournament titles in his seventh year at the helm. Last season Dirks directed the Cougars to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and has now guided Houston to four top nine finishes during the last four seasons. Houston has finished ninth in 1997, eighth in 1998 and 1999 and fourth in 2000.
    Dirks came to UH after four years as the head coach at Tulane. He also coached his alma mater, Lamar, to a seventh-place finish at the 1986 NCAA Championships.

    TITLES GALORE
    The Conference USA title won by the Cougars last month was the 19th conference championship claimed by the Cougars. The Cougars won five consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Championships (1956-60) before spending the next 13 years as an independent. After joining the Southwest Conference in 1973, the Cougars won or shared seven straight titles. UH rounded out its SWC titles with back-to-back wins in 1984-85 before claiming its five C-USA championships.

    LOOKING FOR NUMBER 17
    Houston is the nation's most storied golf program with 16 national championships collected between 1956 and 1985. In addition, the Cougars have finished second four times and third four times.
    Before the 90s, the Cougars had won at least one NCAA title in each of the previous four decades. In 43 trips to the NCAA Championships, Houston has finished 10th or better 35 times.
    Last season, the Cougars had their best finish since 1985 when they finished in fourth place at the Grand National Lake course in Opelika, Ala. Chris Morris was Houston's top individual performer in Alabama, as he finished second with a four-round total of 273. Andy Sanders tied for seventh with a score of 277.

             UH in the Central Regional 
    YEAR     SITE                  PLACE     SCORE
    1989     McKinney, Texas         4th       904
    1990     Columbus, Ohio         16th       920
    1991     Bartlesville, Okla.   T20th       913
    1992     McKinney, Texas         5th       888
    1993     Columbus, Ohio        T15th       909
    1994     Oklahoma City, Okla.    7th       866
    1995     Montgomery, Texas      T6th       869
    1996     Ann Arbor, Mich.      Did Not Qualify
    1997     Norman, Okla.           5th       864
    1998     San Antonio, Texas      1st       845
    1999     Columbus, Ohio         T5th       886
    2000     Victoria, Texas         4th       851
    

                2000-01 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON GOLF TEAM RESULTS 
    Date         Tournament                     Finish/Teams     Strokes
    Sept. 9-10   The Ridges Intercollegiate    t 7th - 14      874 (+10)
    Sept. 24-25  PING-Golfweek Preview          14th - 16      605 (+29)
    Oct. 9-10    Red River Classic               8th - 15      868 (+ 4)
    Oct. 16-17   Jerry Pate National           t 6th - 12      860 (+ 8)
    Nov. 3-5     Golf World Intercollegiate     11th - 18      860 (- 4)
    Nov. 11-12   CGF Match Play                  5th -  8       ---
     

    Mar. 5-6 Southwestern Intercollegiate 9th - 15 604 (+36) Mar. 9-11 Las Vegas Intercollegiate 9th - 15 884 (+20) Apr. 6-8 U.S. Intercollegiate Inv. 10th - 12 884 (+20) Apr. 13-14 ASU Thunderbird 4th - 22 848 (-16) Apr. 23-25 C-USA Championships 1st - 12 872 (+ 8) May 12-13 Perry Maxwell Inv. 8th - 16 863 (+23) May 17-19 NCAA Central Regional Stillwater, Okla. May 30- June 2 NCAA Championships Durham, N.C.

    
              2000-01 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON GOLF TEAM RESULTS 
    Date         Tournament                     Finish/Teams     Strokes
    Sept. 9-10   The Ridges Intercollegiate     t7th - 14      874 (+10)
    Sept. 24-25  PING-Golfweek Preview          14th - 16      605 (+29)
    Oct. 9-10    Red River Classic               8th - 15      868 (+ 4)
    Oct. 16-17   Jerry Pate National            t6th - 12      860 (+ 8)
    Nov. 3-5     Golf World Intercollegiate     11th - 18      860 (- 4)
    Nov. 11-12   CGF Match Play                  5th -  8       ---
    

    Mar. 5-6 Southwestern Intercollegiate 9th - 15 604 (+36) Mar. 9-11 Las Vegas Intercollegiate 9th - 15 884 (+20) Apr. 6-8 U.S. Intercollegiate Inv. 10th - 12 884 (+20) Apr. 13-14 ASU Thunderbird 4th - 22 848 (-16) Apr. 23-25 C-USA Championships 1st - 12 872 (+ 8) May 12-13 Perry Maxwell Inv. 8th - 16 863 (+23) May 17-19 NCAA Central Regional Stillwater, Okla. May 30- June 2 NCAA Championships Durham, N.C.

    2000-01 INDIVIDUAL COUGAR LEADERBOARD Player Tr Rnd Scor Avg. Best Finish Andy Sanders 12 34 2239 72.2 t3rd (Red River Classic) Wade Ormsby 10 29 2120 73.1 t6th (C-USA Champs) Brad McIntosh 11 31 2269 73.1 1st (C-USA Champs) Simon Robinson 9 25 1841 73.6 3rd (C-USA Champs) Kevin Hermis 3 9 676 75.1 t49th (Jerry Pate National) Brett Callas 6 17 1305 76.8 t29th (ASU/Thunderbird) Scott Dawley 1 3 232 77.3 78th (Red River Classic) Scott Ferguson 4 11 852 77.4 t58th (Perry Maxwell Inv.) TEAM TOTALS 11 31 9022 291.0 1st (C-USA Champs.)

    Stat Key: Tr -Tournaments played, Rnd - Rounds played, Scr Final scores (cumulative), Avg. - Scoring average per round, t - player tied another in a tournament's final standings.

    (Team totals reflect only the individuals' scores that counted in each tournament. Ferguson and Dawley each played one tournament as an individual. Sanders played as an individual in The Savane All-America Invitational.)

     

     

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