Men's Golf Back in Action at Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic
Sept. 22, 2013
The two-day, 54-hole event tees off at 8 a.m., (CT) Monday with the first 36 holes on the 7,023-yard, par-71 layout. The tournament wraps up with the final 18 holes and a 7:30 a.m. start off holes No. 1 and No. 10.
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Dismuke and associate head coach Chris Hill set the lineup with juniors Roman Robledo and Kyle Pilgrim, seniors James Ross and Curtis Reed and sophomore Blair Hamilton. Sophomore Vincent Martino will compete as an individual.
Robledo has posted a pair of top-25 finishes to open this season, including medalist honors at the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate. It was his second individual title in a three-tournament stretch after winning the C-USA Championship individual title in late April.
This season, Robledo leads the team with a 71.33 average and is tied with Hamilton for the team lead with four rounds of par or better.
Ross made his season debut a memorable one. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native opened the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a 76 but rebounded with back-to-back 69s to move into a tie for seventh at that event.
Ross, who sat out the entire 2012-13 season to concentrate on academics and his game, earned the ninth top-10 finish of his collegiate career.
Reed is the only Cougar to compete in every team-scoring tournament during the last three years. A 2013 All-Conference USA First-Team honoree, Reed tied for 12th at the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate, thanks to a second-round 70.
Hamilton joins with Robledo and Reed as the only Cougars to compete in both tournaments this season. The Burlington, Ontario, Canada, opened the year with a career-low 67 at the Northern Intercollegiate and finished eight at that event with a score of 216.
Hamilton, who competed at the U.S. Amateur Championship in late August, followed that with another 216 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge to tie for 13th last week.
Pilgrim will make his season debut with the Cougars at this event. A year ago, he joined the lineup during the spring and competed in 11 events with 11 rounds of par or better. The Colleyville, Texas, native also was an award-winner in the classroom, receiving the Conference USA Academic Medal and earning a place on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Martino will make his second appearance of the 2013-14 season. Earlier this year, he tied for 55th at the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate with a score of 231. In 2012-13, the Southlake, Texas, native was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team after competing in 11 tournaments and firing a career-low 67 during the final round of the Rice Intercollegiate.
The Cougars will be part of a 13-team field at this tournament. Houston joins College of Charleston, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Michigan State, Southern Miss, UT Arlington, West Florida, Xavier, Yale and host Notre Dame.
This will be the fifth straight season that the Cougars have competed at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, and the team has enjoyed tremendous success at this annual fall event.
As a team, the Cougars have never finished below sixth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and shared the team championship with Saint Mary's (Calif.) in 2011. A year ago, the Cougars tied for second with Reed, Robledo and seniors Wesley McClain and Jesse Droemer each earning top-25 individual finishes.
LAST TIME OUT
In their most recent action, the Cougars finished third at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa. It marked their second straight top-three team finish to open the 2013-14 season.
Ross used consecutive 69s during the final two rounds to jump into a tie for seventh place with a score of 2-under-par 214, while Hamilton tied for 13th at 216. Robledo finished in a tie for 21st with a score of 217.
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Following the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, the Cougars wrap up their fall season when they compete at the David Toms Intercollegiate, hosted by LSU. That tournament will be held Oct. 5-6 at The University Club in Baton Rouge, La.
From there, Houston will take several months off from their schedule before opening the spring season on Feb. 21-23 at its own Bayou City Collegiate Championship at Redstone Golf Club.