Golf Ready to Compete at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate
Sept. 22, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Fresh off a season-opening third-place finish, the University of Houston golf team continues its fall season when it competes at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate presented by Graeme McDowell, beginning Monday morning.
The Cougars tied for third in their season-opening event on the Ocean Course at The Invitational at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with a 54-hole score of 912. Just one month earlier, that venue hosted the PGA Championship.
It was the team's 12th top-five team finish and 28th top-10 team finish under head coach Jonathan Dismuke.
"This tournament will be a great test for our guys," Dismuke said. "We are looking forward to getting back into competition mode."
Earlier this week, Dismuke announced that sophomore Roman Robledo, junior Curtis Reed, freshman Andrew Ertel, junior Jesse Droemer and junior Wesley McClain will represent the Cougars at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate.
At The Invitational at Kiawah on Sept. 9-11, Reed posted an opening-round 71 and finished with a score of 229 to tie for 15th and lead the Cougars. Robledo finished second on the team and ranked among the top-20 individual leaders at 230, while Droemer tied for 27th.
McClain will make his season debut for the Cougars after competing in six tournaments a year ago, while Ertel begins his collegiate career following an award-winning prep career at The Woodlands High.
For the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, the Cougars will be under the leadership of assistant coach Chris Hill. Dismuke will be attending an important fundraiser at Pebble Beach Golf Club with CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, several Houston Golf legends and important program supporters.
The tournament features 54 holes of play with 36 holes Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The tournament begins off No. 1 and No. 10 at 8:30 a.m., Monday with the final round starting off split tees at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday.
The teams will compete on the 7,234-yard, par-72 course at Shoal Creek Country Club. Houston will face host and Conference USA-rival UAB, Dartmouth, Kennesaw State, LSU, Memphis, North Florida, North Texas, Southeastern Louisiana and C-USA rivals Southern Miss and Tulsa.
"Shoal Creek is one of my favorite courses," Dismuke said. "It has hosted numerous championships including the PGA Championship, USGA U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Junior Championship."
This will be the second of four tournaments in which the Cougars will compete as a team during the fall. Following the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, the Cougars will take part in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Oct. 7-9 in South Bend, Ind.
Former UAB star and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell will speak to all the teams at a dinner following Sunday's practice round and serve as the official starter for Monday's opening round.