ATLANTA - University of Houston senior Roman Robledo stood in a tie for 70th place Monday evening after shooting a 1-over-par 72 during the First Round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Robledo is one of three Houston Men's Golfers to compete at the nation's premier amateur event this week. Letterman Wesley McClain was tied for 258th with a 79, while freshman-to-be Michael Perras was tied for 298th with an 81.
Competing on the Highland Course on Monday, Robledo battled through a roller-coaster round that saw him endure five bogeys with four birdies on his scorecard. The Harlingen, Texas, native's round started rough with four bogeys and only one birdie through his first seven holes.
However, Robledo settled down over the final 11 holes, draining three birdies with only one bogey to surge through the first day's final standings.
Playing on the Riverside Course, McClain shot a 7-over-par 79. Perras joined Robledo on the Highlands Course.
The low 64 players after 36 holes of stroke play advance to Wednesday's match play. From there, players must win six matches over five days to claim the title.
This marks the second straight season that Houston Men's Golf has been represented at the U.S. Amateur Championship. A year ago, junior Blair Hamilton competed in the Round of 32 in match play at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., becoming the first Cougar to advance that far since 2000.
Earlier this month, Houston Women's Golf junior Raegan Bremer qualified for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.
TUESDAY TEE TIMES
On Tuesday, the Houston trio will switch courses and starting times, starting in the afternoon. Perras begins at 1 p.m., off No. 10 on the Riverside Course with Robledo following shortly after at 1:20 p.m. McClain starts the Second Round at 1:15 p.m., off No. 1 on the Highlands Course.
ABOUT Wesley McClain
McClain was a four-year letterman for the Cougars from 2010 to 2014 and recently received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University. Competing in 37 career collegiate events, he ranks among the Cougars' top-20 career leaders with 8,230 strokes and 111 rounds.
As a senior in 2013-14, he helped lead the Cougars to the team championship at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Houston and tied for second overall at 7-under-par 209, a career low score and best finish.
ABOUT Roman Robledo
Robledo, who will be a senior with the Cougars in 2014-15, recently finished one of the finest seasons in school history. The Harlingen, Texas, native won four tournaments in 2013-14, including three straight to open the spring campaign.
His 71.24 scoring average ranks sixth in Houston single-season history, and he moved into a tie for fourth in school history with five individual titles during his career.
For his impressive achievements, Robledo was named to the PING All-America Second Team, the first Cougar to be honored so highly since Andy Sanders in 2000. He also earned places on the PING All-Central Region and All-American Athletic Conference teams.
ABOUT Michael Perras
Perras will be a freshman for the Cougars when the team opens the fall season in 2014-15. He was an All-State First Team selection as a junior at Deer Park High and won the TLJT Flodder Financial Shootout at Meadowbrook Farms.
Although this will be his first season at Houston, he has family ties with the Cougars. His grandfather, Fred Marti, competed for Houston Men's Golf from 1961 to 1963 and was a member of the Cougars' 1962 NCAA national championship team under legendary Head Coach Dave Williams.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The U.S. Amateur Championship winner receives a gold medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the ensuing year, an exemption from qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open, an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Amateur Championships, an exemption from qualifying for the 2015 British Open Championship and a likely invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament.
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