HOUSTON - With only a few more days until the start of the season, the University of Houston Men's Golf program begins the 2014-15 campaign at No. 15 nationally in the Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Preseason Poll.
|GCAA Coaches Preseason Poll|
|Rk.||School (1st Place Votes)||Points|
|T1.||Oklahoma State (2)||516|
|3.||Georgia Tech (1)||452|
|Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 77, SMU 77, UAB 63, Baylor 51, USF 38, Wake Forest 31, San Diego State 29, Texas Tech 29, UNLV 26, Purdue 20, Iowa 18, Iowa State 13, Clemson 10, Kentucky 8, Kent State 5, UNC Greensboro 5, North Florida 5, BYU 2, Georgia State 2, Missouri 2, Colorado 1, East Carolina 1, Liberty 1, Minnesota 1.|
The Cougars received 202 points in the annual poll for their preseason ranking. A year ago, Houston finished among the top-10 leaders in all three national polls, including a No. 9 standing by Golfstat.com.
Earlier this week, Houston was tabbed at No. 30 in Golfweek's preseason poll.
In 2013-14, Houston finished 10th at the NCAA Championships in its first appearance at the nation's top collegiate event since 2001. Senior Roman Robledo won four individual titles, including three straight to open the spring season, on the way to being named to the PING All-America Second-Team and recently advanced to the U.S. Amateur Championship Quarterfinals.
This season, six lettermen and two redshirts return for Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke and his Cougars. Senior Kyle Pilgrim won the 2013 Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, while junior Vincent Martino competed in seven tournaments, joining the Cougars at the NCAA Championships.
Junior Blair Hamilton also enjoyed a productive summer, rising quickly in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, and competed in the Round of 32 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Oklahoma State tied for first in the preseason poll with 516 points. Georgia Tech, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Stanford, Washington, LSU and UCLA rounded out the top-10 leaders.
The Cougars open their 2014-15 season on Sept. 5-7 at the Northern Intercollegiate, hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms. A year ago, Houston finished third at this event.
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