Men's Golf Set to Compete at NCAA Championships
May 21, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The University of Houston opens play at the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001 when it tees off Friday morning at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
The NCAA Championships begins Friday morning on the 6,941-yard, par-70 course. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting Golfstat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can watch live coverage of the final three days of the NCAA Championships on the Golf Channel, beginning at 4 p.m., each day. Beginning Sunday, Golf Central will air from a dedicated set at the NCAA Championships, delivering wraparound coverage before and after tournament play.
Thirty teams and six individuals will play 54 holes with 18 holes each day, starting Friday morning. With the completion of 54 holes, the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships Match Play Finals, starting Tuesday morning, with the team national title at stake.
Before the team champion is crowned, the top-40 individuals plus ties at the end of the Third Round will compete in the fourth and Final Round on Monday for the NCAA individual national championship.
The Cougars will be joined at the NCAA Championships by No. 1 seed Alabama; No. 2 seed Oklahoma; No. 3 seed Stanford; No. 4 seed Georgia Tech; No. 5 seed California; No. 6 seed Georgia; No. 7 seed Washington; No. 8 seed Illinois; No. 9 seed Virginia Tech; No. 11 seed Arkansas; No. 12 seed UAB; No. 13 seed Oklahoma; No. 14 seed Vanderbilt; No. 15 seed LSU; No. 16 seed Texas; No. 17 seed Florida State; No. 18 seed Texas A&M; No. 19 seed UCLA; No. 20 seed USC; No. 21 seed Auburn; No. 22 seed South Carolina; No. 23 seed Oregon; No. 24 seed SMU; No. 25 seed Kentucky; No. 26 seed Kennesaw State; No. 27 seed Missouri; No. 28 seed Purdue; No. 29 seed Georgia State and No. 30 seed Iowa State.
Houston has posted a combined 19-18-1 record against teams at the NCAA Championships this season. The Cougars will face Auburn, California, Georgia, Georgia State, Missouri, UAB, USC and Washington for the first time in 2013-14.
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, and currently stand at No. 10 in the Golf World/Nike Coaches, Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin polls.
Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke and associate head coach Chris Hill announced earlier this week that the Cougars' NCAA Championships starting lineup would consist of junior Roman Robledo, seniors James Ross and Curtis Reed, junior Kyle Pilgrim and sophomore Vincent Martino.
Robledo has established himself as one of collegiate golf's premier performers in 2013-14. The Harlingen, Texas, native won three straight individual titles to open the spring season and is currently ranked No. 25 nationally by Golfstat.
This season, Robledo leads the Cougars with a 71.37 scoring average, 22 rounds of par or better, including eight in the 60s and six top-5 finishes. For his impressive efforts, he was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Team.
Reed stands second on the team with a 72.26 average and 18 rounds or par or better. The only player to compete in every Houston team-scoring event during the last four years, Reed joined Robledo on the All-American Athletic Conference Team.
The Castroville, Texas, native also has etched his name in the Houston records book. Reed ranks fourth in school history with 143 rounds and is fifth with 10,472 strokes during his collegiate career.
This season, he has posted 10 top-20 finishes in 12 events, including top-10 showings in each of his last four events entering the NCAA Championships.
Ross stands third on the team with a 72.62 scoring average and 14 rounds of par or better. He was the third Houston member to earn a place on the All-American Athletic Conference Team and joins Reed and Robledo among the nation's top 85 collegiate players.
The Edinburgh, Scotland, native also has made a name for himself this season on the international stage. In late March, he competed for Team Europe vs. Team Asia/Pacific in Bangalore, India, in an international friendly match for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy.
He recently was selected as a Team Europe participant for the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-like event for amateurs in late June.
Pilgrim has competed in nine events this season, posting a 73.19 scoring average. While Robledo earned attention with his multiple titles this season, Pilgrim was the first Cougar to earn medalist honors.
Thanks to a final-round 66, he captured the individual title at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in mid-September. He became only the 29th player in school history to shoot 66 or lower but was only the ninth Cougar to shoot 66 or better in the third round of a tournament or later.
Martino returns to the Houston starting lineup for the first time since the Valspar Invitational at Floridian in late March. This season, the Southlake, Texas, native has competed in six events with a 73.28 scoring average and earned a pair of top-20 finishes, including a fourth-place showing at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.
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