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
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
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