HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Golf program will compete in 10 regular-season tournaments before heading to postseason play in 2017-18, Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke announced Thursday.
The Cougars will enjoy four tournaments in the fall with six in the spring season, as they look advance to NCAA Regional play for the seventh consecutive season under Dismuke. Houston has competed in seven straight NCAA Regionals as a team only once in school history from 1989 to 1995.
In 2017-18, Dismuke will lead the Cougars across the nation from Hawai'i in the fall to Florida in the spring with a trip to Mexico added. Houston will enjoy 10 tournaments in five states, including five in the Lone Star State.
"This is the best schedule that we've had since I have been here," said Dismuke, who enters his ninth season with the Cougars in 2017-18. "We're playing at a lot of great championship venues against a lot of great teams. We need to continue to improve over the course of the year to be prepared for a schedule like this. Seeing teams like this, week in and week out, is the perfect tool to prepare our guys for postseason."
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Ten lettermen return for the Cougars with senior Michael Perras leading the way. A year ago, Perras led the Cougars with a 71.63 average, 21 rounds of par or better, including eight in the 60s, and four top-10 showings.
The Deer Park, Texas, native captured the American Athletic Conference individual championship on the first hole of a playoff against USF's Cristian DiMarco. Perras, who was the 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional medalist, became the first Cougar in school history to win both Regional and conference championships titles during his career.
Senior Papito Gonzalez joined Perras on the All-American Athletic Conference Team for the first time in his career and ranked second on the team with a 72.00 average and 20 rounds of par or better.
"We have the majority of our guys back. Last year was a big learning year for us with a lot of young guys. Our young players gained experience and developed, and we want to continue that development. We have learned some good lessons about competition and what it takes to compete at a high level."
The Cougars open the year at The Jackrabbit, hosted by South Dakota State at Prairie Club in Valentine, Neb., on Oct. 1-3.
From there, Houston returns home to join with Rice and Sam Houston State in hosting the Bayou City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 9-10 at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, Texas. In addition to the Owls and Bearkats, the Cougars will face Abilene Christian, Arkansas State, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Lipscomb, Little Rock, Nebraska, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, UT Arlington and UTSA.
After competing at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Oct. 23-24 in Dallas, the Cougars close out the fall schedule when they play at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic at Ka'anapali Golf Course in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i, on Nov. 3-5.
When the spring season opens in February, the Cougars will be busy as they play host in four straight tournaments.
Houston begins the spring campaign at its own All-American Intercollegiate on Feb. 16-18 at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. Competing on their home course and home of the Shell Houston Open, the Cougars square off against Auburn, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Georgia State, Lamar, McNeese, North Texas, Mississippi, Sam Houston State, SMU, South Alabama, South Carolina, Southeastern Louisiana, UTSA and Wake Forest.
The Cougars then travel to Mexico to play in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 4-6 at Querencia Golf Club in Cabo del San Jose, Mexico. There, Houston will compete against Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Rice, Stanford, Texas, USF, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Houston hosts the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas, on March 9-10, when they will face
Bowling Green State, Campbell, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Little Rock, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese, Oral Roberts, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, ULM, UT Rio Grande Valley, UTSA and Western Kentucky
The Cougars wrap up a busy month of March at one of the nation's premier events at the Valspar Collegiate Championships. Houston welcomes a prestigious field, which includes Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Lamar, LSU, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, USF, UT Arlington and Wake Forest to Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.
Houston enjoys another trip to Augusta, Ga., to open the month of April with a trip to the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club on April 1-2. Following tournament play, Dismuke and the student-athletes will take a late flight home Monday night after taking in a practice round earlier in the day during the week of The Masters.
The Cougars close the regular season on April 7-8 when they compete at the Aggie Invitational at Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
With the completion of the regular season, the Cougars return to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., to compete at The American Championships on April 22-24.
While Perras captured the individual title, the Cougars tied for second at the annual postseason event with a team score of 872 in 2017.
From there, the Cougars will wait to learn their NCAA fate. Teams selected for the NCAA postseason will compete May 14-16, at six venues across the nation: Lonnie Poole Golf Course (Raleigh, N.C.); Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas); Scarlet Course -- OSU Golf Club (Columbus, Ohio); Reunion Resort (Kissimmee, Fla.); Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (Norman, Okla.) and The Reserve at Spanos Park (Stockton, Calif.).
The top teams and individuals from each NCAA Regional advance to the NCAA Championships, hosted by Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., on May 25-30.
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