Two Cougars Tee Off at U.S. Open

June 13, 2017

HARTFORD, Wis. – Former University of Houston Men’s Golf stars Roman Robledo and Wade Ormsby will compete in the U.S. Open when it tees off Thursday at Erin Hills.

Ormsby, who competed at UH from 1998 to 2001, begins at 12:30 p.m., Thursday off, No. 1, while Robledo – who lettered from 2011 to 2015, starts his round at 2:42 p.m., off No. 1.

Roman Robledo
Making his PGA TOUR debut this week, Robledo earned his trip to his first major championship. After advancing from a local qualifier at Riverhill Country Club in Kerville, Texas, he earned medalist honors at the sectional qualifier at Lakewood Golf Club in Dallas.

Robledo, who is a native of Harlingen, Texas, opened the latter qualifier with an impressive 63 and finished with a 66 in the afternoon session.

As a Cougar, Robledo was the fifth player in Houston history to compete in four NCAA Regionals during his career. By the time his collegiate career was finished in 2015, he stood among the program’s top-3 leaders in strokes (10,933) and rounds played (151).

He won five individual titles as a Cougar, including the 2013 Conference USA individual championship, and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchison, Kan. He joined with teammate James Ross to become the first Cougars to finish among the NCAA Championships’ top-20 leaders since 2000.

Later that summer, he competed in the U.S. Amateur Championship Quarterfinals, becoming the first Cougar to advance that far since 1999.

Ormsby qualified for his first major championship after advancing from a 7-for-4 playoff in the Surrey, England, sectional qualifier at Walton Heath Golf Club. He qualified for the playoff after shooting 9-under 135 on the Old and New Courses.

As a Cougar, the Adelaide, Australia, native was a two-time All-Conference USA honoree in 2000 and 2001 and was recognized as the league’s Freshman of the Year in 1999. He tied for fifth with a score of 216 at the 1999 NCAA Central Regional on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State Golf Club and enjoyed three straight top-8 finishes at the Conference USA Championships from 1999 to 2001.

Ormsby was a member of three Houston lineups that competed at the NCAA Championships and led the Cougars at the 2001 NCAA Championships at Duke Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C.

Fans can tune in to Thursday’s First-Round and Friday’s Second-Round action from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on FS1 and from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., on FOX.

On the weekend, Saturday’s coverage will be seen from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., on FOX with Sunday’s Final Round airing from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., on FOX.

Fans can follow live scoring from the 2017 U.S. Open by visiting PGATOUR.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Houston Men’s Golf alumni have enjoyed success in the U.S. Open during its history.

Fuzzy Zoeller, who compete at UH in 1973, captured the 1984 U.S. Open title after defeating Greg Norman in a playoff, while Bill Rogers (1970-73 at UH), John Mahaffey (1968-69 at UH) and Jacky Cupit (1958-60 at UH) each finished as runner-up in 1981, 1975 and 1963, respectively.

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