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.

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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