Perras, Beshoory Compete at U.S. Amateur Championship

Aug. 13, 2017

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LOS ANGELES – University of Houston Men’s Golf stars Michael Perras and Pryce Beshoory open play at the U.S. Amateur Championship, starting Monday morning at Bel-Air Country Club.

Perras and Beshoory join more than 300 players in 36 holes of stroke play (18 holes at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and 18 holes at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles) through Monday and Tueday.

With the completion of stroke play, the top 64 players will advance to match play, beginning Wednesday at Rivera Country Club.

This will be the second time Perras will compete at the U.S. Amateur Championship. He tied for 208th at the 2014 Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, only a few weeks before beginning his collegiate career with the Cougars. Beshoory will make his first appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

This marks the fifth consecutive season that Houston Men’s Golf has been represented at the U.S. Amateur Championship. In 2016, four-year lettermen Blair Hamilton and Vincent Martino competed with Hamilton advancing to the Round of 32 in match play.

For Monday’s First Round, Beshoory will tee off at 9:42 a.m. (CDT), while Perras begins at 2:36 p.m. (CDT), both off No. 10 at Bel Air Country Club.

On Tuesday, Perras begins at 9:21 a.m. (CDT), with Beshoory starting at 2:57 p.m. (CDT), both No. 1 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Both Cougars will rely on family members to work as their caddies during the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Beshoory’s father, Richard, will be carrying his son’s bag, while Perras’ aunt, Lori Marti, will serve as his caddy this week.

Both student-athletes earned their places at the nation’s premier amateur event after qualifying at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, Texas, in July.

Perras posted scores of 70-69 to tie with Broc Haymon for the qualifier’s low score at 3-under 139. Beshoory tied with Chad Sewell for third with a score of 141 but advanced after winning a playoff.

ABOUT Michael Perras
In 2016-17, Perras was named to the All-American Athletic Conference for the second straight season. He led the team with a 71.57 average, 20 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s.

The Deer Park, Texas, native captured the third title of his collegiate career after winning on the first hole of a playoff against USF’s Cristian DiMarco at the American Athletic Conference Championships on April 25.

A year ago, Perras captured the NCAA Franklin Regional individual championship with a score of 16-under 200 after shooting three straight rounds in the 60s. With his recent American Championships title, he became the first player in program history to enjoy NCAA Regional and conference championships titles during his career.

ABOUT Pryce Beshoory
Beshoory competed with the Cougars as a true freshman in 2016-17. The Pearland, Texas, native played in 10 tournaments and posted a 73.71 scoring average with eight rounds of par or better, including a career-low 69 in the Final Round of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Oct. 25, 2016.

A product of Lutheran South Academy, Beshoory was a member of the Houston team that competed at the NCAA Stanford Regional in May, the program’s sixth straight NCAA Regional berth under Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke.

Beshoory was an award-winning athlete in a variety of sports before joining the Cougars and was a member of Pearland’s Little League World Series team in 2010.

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