Golf Moves Closer to Start of Fall Season
Sept. 22, 2009
HOUSTON - The University of Houston golf team continues its preparations for the start of the 2009 fall season with solid workouts in the weight room and impressive performances in qualifying rounds.
Although he has been on the job for only a few months, first-year head coach Jonathan Dismuke was impressed with the early enthusiasm and ability of his team.
"The work ethic has been there, but a lot of the stuff is new for a lot of the guys," Dismuke said. "The intensity level and the expectations have been raised."
The Cougars have been working on their conditioning since Aug. 26. In addition, Dismuke set up a series of intrasquad matches early in the school year for the players to "knock the rust off and get the competitive spirits going."
Recently, the team started qualifying rounds at golf courses throughout the Houston area.
The players will compete in nine rounds of golf during a three-week stretch. Besides helping the players return to form, the qualifying rounds also will play a key role in Dismuke's evaluation of his team.
"The more rounds you play, the more separation there is," Dismuke said. "With me being a new coach, I wanted to make an educated decision on who is going to this first tournament."
Five lettermen and two redshirts return from last season's team, which finished seventh at the annual Conference USA Championship. Senior Jackie Lindsey is the leading returning player, posting a 74.73 scoring average while playing all 10 tournaments a year ago.
Lindsey, a native of Houston and product of Jersey Village High, is the only multi-letter winning player on the 2009-10 team. Senior Beau Davis, juniors Matt Eschenburg and Clark Mitzner and sophomore Eric Adler each competed at UH for the first time in 2008-09.
Eschenburg appeared in all but one tournament and ranked third on the team in scoring average, while Mitzner competed in eight, firing a career-low 69 in the second round of the Rice Intercollegiate.
Davis saw action in six tournaments, while Adler - coming off a redshirt season - competed in two events.
The Cougars open their season Monday and Tuesday when they compete at the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan. It will be the first of four fall tournaments on the team's schedule.
Cougar fans throughout the state of Texas will have plenty of opportunities to see their team in action throughout the Lone Star State. The Cougars will compete at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio (Oct. 18-19), Husky Invitational at Sienna Plantation Golf Club (Oct. 26-27), Rice Intercollegiate (Westwood Country Club), J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, Texas (Feb. 22-23) and the Border Olympics in Laredo (March 5-6).
For Dismuke, competing in the state of Texas was a key factor as he set by the team's schedule.
"The main thing we want to do is reconnect with some of the former fans and generate fan base," Dismuke said. "Part of my mindset in scheduling was to play in Texas as much as possible to get in front of as many fans as we can."