Men's Golf Ready to Go at David Toms Intercollegiate
Oct. 4, 2013
The tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m., with 36 holes to be played on the 7,663-yard, par-72 course at The University Club. The final round tees off with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start Sunday.
Fans can follow live scoring at the David Toms Intercollegiate by visiting GolfStat.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
The Cougars will compete against teams from Coastal Carolina, Iowa State, Kennesaw State, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Rice, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana and host LSU.
Houston should be well-prepared for their visit to The University Club. A year ago, the Cougars competed at the same venue during the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, tying for sixth.
The Cougars enter this weekend's event after an impressive showing at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Sept. 23-24. As a team, Houston fired the tournament's lowest score with each round and finished at 5-under-par 847 to win their first tournament title of the season. It was the program's third straight top-three team finish this fall.
Earlier this week, director of golf Jonathan Dismuke and associate head coach Chris Hill announced that this weekend's lineup would remain the same from the team's last outing with one change.
Sophomore Kyle Pilgrim made his season debut an impressive one. Thanks to a final-round 66 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, the Colleyville, Texas, native captured his first individual championship, finishing at 5-under-par 208.
Pilgrim became the 29th player in school history to shoot 66 or better at an event but only the ninth player to do so in the third round or later.
He also helped lead the Cougars to their first team tournament title of the season after a pair of third-place finishes to open the year.
Sophomore Blair Hamilton has been one of the tournament's most consistent players this fall, leading the Cougars with a 71.22 scoring average and seven rounds of par or better. Hamilton, who competed at the U.S. Amateur Championship, in mid-August, has posted sub-par scores in each of his last four rounds and finished among the top-13 leaders in each of the three fall tournaments.
Junior Roman Robledo ranks second on the team with a 72.00 scoring average and was honored as the American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Month earlier this week, the first in both UH and league history.
The Harlingen, Texas, native opened the fall season with an individual title at the Northern Intercollegiate for his second win during a three-tournament stretch. He ranks second among the Cougars with five rounds of par or better, including a season-low 68 in his first round of the season.
Senior Curtis Reed is the only current Cougar to compete in every team-scoring tournament during each of his first three years. This season, the Castroville, Texas, native has posted a pair of top-15 showings, including a 11th-place finish at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic to help lead the Cougars to the team title.
Reed has etched his name in the Houston records book and already ranks among the program's top-20 leaders in both career strokes and career rounds played.
Playing as an individual at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, sophomore Vincent Martino opened that tournament with back-to-back, even-par 71s and then closed out at that event with a 68 to finish fourth, the best showing of his young collegiate career.
Senior James Ross will compete as an individual at the David Toms Intercollegiate. He made his season debut at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, where he tied for seventh, thanks to back-to-back 69s during the final two rounds.
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Following the David Toms Intercollegiate, the Cougars wrap up their fall season when redshirt freshman Emmett Oh and freshman Matt Scobie compete as individuals at the Sam Houston State/Harold Funston Invitational.
That two-day, 54-hole tournament begins Monday in Huntsville, Texas, and wraps up Tuesday. Oh and Scobie will be joined by freshman Emily Gilbreth, who will represent the Cougars on the women's side.
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.