July 15, 2014
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Former University of Houston Men's Golfer Wesley McClain and incoming freshman Michael Perras qualified to compete at the U.S. Amateur Championship after finishing among the top-four leaders on Tuesday afternoon.
Competing on the Palmer Course at The Woodlands Country Club, McClain and Perras tied for first with Jose Narro at 7-under-par 137. Incoming freshman Ben Arnett tied for 20th at 145.
McClain, who competed for the Cougars from 2010 to 2014, endured a combined two bogeys over two rounds and opened the qualifier with a sparkling 68, thanks to five birdies. In Tuesday's final round, the proud Diboll, Texas, native drained four birdies with only one bogey on the par-4 fourth hole to blemish his scorecard.
Perras, who will compete as a freshman with the Cougars in 2014-15, started his qualifier with a 67 that included four consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-14. On Tuesday, the Pasadena, Texas, played a steady, bogey-free round with birdies on No. 2 and No. 12 to secure his berth.
Junior Roman Robledo has not and will not compete at any U.S. Amateur Championship qualifiers this summer. However, the Harlingen, Texas, native booked his spot by being ranked No. 25 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The top 50 players in those rankings receive automatic exemption into the tournament.
The 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 11-17 on the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
It is the first time for each of the three players to compete at the U.S. Amateur Championship but the second straight season that Houston has been represented. A year ago, junior Blair Hamilton advanced to the Round of 32 before bowing out.
Hamilton became the first Cougar since 1999 to win in match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship and the first Cougar to compete at the nation's premier amateur event since 2007.
McClain competed in 10 tournaments during the 2013-14 season as a senior and posted a 73.33 scoring average. He enjoyed a career-best second-place finish at Houston's own Bayou City Collegiate Championships with a score of 7-under-par 209 at Golf Club of Houston in late February and finished 18th at the American Athletic Conference Championships in April.
A four-year letterman, McClain ended his career among the Cougars' top-20 leaders with 111 rounds played and 8,203 strokes.
Perras will be joining the Cougars this fall out of Deer Park High. A year ago, he tied for 12th at the National Junior PGA Tournament at Trump National in Washington, D.C. He went on to earn a pair of top-10 finishes at the TLJT Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the TLIT George Hannon Junior Invitational.
As a junior in high school, he was named to the All-State First Team by High School Golf Scoreboard, leading DPHS to its 11th straight district tile and a berth in the Class 5A State Championship.
Perras is no stranger to Houston Men's Golf. His grandfather Fred Marti competed at Houston from 1961 to 1963 and was a member of the 1962 NCAA national champions under legendary head coach Dave Williams.
Robledo established himself as one of collegiate golf's premier performers in 2013-14. He won three straight individual titles to open the spring season - and four overall - and ranked 19th nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin.
In 2013-14, 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.
He 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.
For his impressive efforts all season, he was named to the PING All-America Second Team and was a PING All-Central Region and All-American Athletic Conference selection.
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