Men's Golfers Earn All-America Honors

    June 19, 2014


    HOUSTON - After leading the University of Houston Men's Golf program to four regular-season team titles and a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, junior Roman Robledo and senior James Ross received PING All-America honors on Thursday.

    Robledo was named to the Second Team, while Ross received Honorable Mention. They became the first Cougars to receive All-America accolades since 2007, while Robledo was the highest decorated Cougar since Andy Sanders was named to the All-America Second Team in 2000.

    Robledo 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 four overall - and ranked 19th nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin.

    This season, Robledo led the Cougars with a 71.24 scoring average, 24 rounds of par or better, including 10 in the 60s, and six top-5 finishes.

    Robledo won the Northern Intercollegiate individual title during the fall season and then reeled off three straight individual crowns at the Border Olympics, Querencia Cabo Collegiate and Bayou City Collegiate Championship. He helped lead the Cougars to the team title at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, defeating eventual national champion Alabama and ending the Crimson Tide's 11-match win streak.

    He was named to the PING All-Central Region and All-American Athletic Conference teams and was a two-time American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week.

    Ross finished second among the Cougars with a 72.21 scoring average and added 17 rounds of par or better. He joined Robledo on the PING All-Central Region and All-American Athletic Conference teams and finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 22 nationally by Golfstat.

    In 11 tournaments, he earned eight top-20 finishes, including a second-place showing at the rain-shortened Reunion Intercollegiate and a third-place showing at the NCAA Championships.

    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 will compete for his native Scotland on Team Europe for the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-like event for amateurs on June 26-27 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

    Both student-athletes led the resurgence of Houston Men's Golf, which rose as high as No. 7 midway through the season and finished at No. 9 in the final Golfstat poll.


    PING ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
    First Team

    Julien Brun, TCU
    Greg Eason, UCF
    Brandon Hagy, California
    Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
    Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
    Robby Shelton, Alabama
    Joel Stalter, California
    Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech
    Cameron Wilson, Stanford
    Bobby Wyatt, Alabama

    Second Team
    Roman Robledo, Houston

    Brian Campbell, Illinois
    Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas
    Wyndham Clark, Oklahoma State
    Bryson Dechambeau, SMU
    Joey Garber, Georgia
    Gavin Green, New Mexico
    Denny McCarthy, Virginia
    Trey Mullinax, Alabama
    Seth Reeves, Georgia Tech

    Third Team
    Emilio Cuartero, Missouri
    Trevor Cone, Virginia Tech
    Paul Dunne, UAB
    Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State
    Ricardo Gouveia, UCF
    Rico Hoey, USC
    Stewart Jolly, LSU
    Chase Koepka, USF
    Jack Maguire, Florida State
    Cory Whitsett, Alabama

    Honorable Mention
    James Ross, Houston

    David Boote, Stanford
    Niclas Carlsson, Auburn
    Lorens Chan, UCLA
    Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington
    Michael Cromie, Georgia
    Charlie Danielson, Illinois
    Thomas Dentry, Illinois
    Grant Forrest, San Diego
    Jonathan Garrick, UCLA
    Toni Hakula, Texas
    Beau Hossler, Texas
    Marco Iten, Austin Peay
    Kyle Jones, Baylor
    M.J. Maguire, North Florida
    Lee McCoy, Georgia
    Jose Mendez, Minnesota
    Will Murphy, South Carolina
    Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State
    Erik Oja, Arizona
    Anthony Paolucci, USC
    Taylor Pendrith, Kent State
    J.T. Poston, Western Carolina
    Jon Rahm, Arizona State
    Chris Robb, Chattanooga
    Trey Rule, Mercer
    Jonathan Sanders, Washington
    Ben Taylor, LSU
    Curtis Thompson, LSU
    Ryan Zech, Missouri


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