May 29, 2001
The University of Houston men's golf team will be in Durham, North Carolina, and play in the NCAA Championships on May 30 through June 2. This marks the fifth straight year that Houston has qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars qualified out of the NCAA Central Regional by finishing tied for ninth among a field of 27 teams in Stillwater, Oklahoma (May 17-19).
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Houston is the nation's most storied college golf program with 16 national championships already on the mantle. In addition to the NCAA titles, the Cougars have finished in second place a total of four times as well as in third place four more times. In 44 trips to the NCAA Championships, UH has finished 10th or better 35 times. Houston won at least one NCAA title in each of the decades from the 1950s through the 1980s.
COUGARS IN THE 2001 NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Cougars enter the 2001 tournament rated 21st in the nation in the latest GolfWeek Magazine rankings. Houston is also 23rd in the country in the latest Mastercard Collegiate Rankings. Individually Houston has three players ranked among the nation's Top 85 players in Mastercard computerized rankings. Senior Andy Sanders is 47th overall while junior Wade Ormsby is 72nd and sophomore Simon Robinson is 82nd. In GolfWeek Sanders is rated as high as 37th in the nation while true freshman Brad McIntosh is 110th among all college golfers. A full rankings list is included in this release.
STELLAR FINISH LAST SEASON
Last season, the Cougars had their best finish since 1985 when they finished fourth overall at the Grand National Lake course in Opelika, Ala. Then senior Chris Morris was Houston's top individual performer in Alabama, as he finished second in the nation with a four-round total of 15-under par 273. Andy Sanders tied for seventh with a score of 277 (-11). DID YOU KNOW THIS?
UH IS ONE OF THREE SCHOOLS WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT TOP 10's
True, UH is alone at the top by winning 16 NCAA championships from 1956 to 1985, but the program's recent history has also been exemplary. Did you know Houston is one of just three schools in the country that has finished among the Top 10 in the nation in each of the past four years. The Cougars were 4th overall last season, tied for eighth in both 1999 and 1998, and ninth in 1997. Only Oklahoma State and Clemson can match Houston' with four-straight Top 10 finishes since 1997.