Golf Set to Begin Busy Week
Oct. 5, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. & HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The University of Houston golf team returns to action with a busy week, competing at two different events beginning Sunday morning.
As a team, the Cougars look to defend their title when they compete at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. That tournament begins at 8:30 a.m., Sunday morning at the 7,023-yard, par-71 Warren Course. The tournament continues at 8:30 a.m., each day with 18 holes scheduled through Tuesday.
In addition, four Cougars will take part as individuals at the Harold Funston Invitational, hosted by Sam Houston State at Raven Nest Golf Club. That event begins at Monday morning with the first 36 holes and the final 18 holes to be played Tuesday on the 6,943-yard, par-71 course.
A year ago, the Cougars tied with St. Mary's (Calif.) for first among 12 teams at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. James Ross led the team at 211 to finish second, while Roman Robledo posted a score of 218 to tie for 11th.
"This is an event every year since I have been a head coach, and it's one of our favorite events. Our guys enjoy competing on this course," said head coach Jonathan Dismuke, who is in his fourth year with the program. "It's a big, tough course, and those are the kinds of venues in which we play well. You have to hit a lot of quality shots to earn your score."
LAST TIME OUT
The Cougars earned their second straight top-three team finish to open the fall season with a second-place showing at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in Sept. 24-25. After leading through the first two rounds, the Cougars slipped to second place behind a hard-charging LSU team.
Junior Wesley McClain, making his season debut at that event, led the Cougars with a 213 to earn a career-best fourth-place finish. Sophomore Roman Robledo and juniors Jesse Droemer and Curtis Reed each finished among the top-20 individual leaders.
"Right now, everybody is contributing. We have had guys play great rounds each week and in each tournament. Wesley came out of the No. 5 hole to finish fourth in the tournament," Dismuke said. "Throughout the lineup, our depth is strong, and each guy has a chance to win the tournament."
Earlier in the week, Dismuke announced his lineup for both tournaments. For the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, McClain, Robledo, Droemer and Reed maintain their spots behind their impressive recent finishes, with sophomore Kyle Pilgrim competing in his second fall tournament of the season.
Ertel made his collegiate debut at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate where he finished 57th, while Hamilton made his first appearance in the Scarlet and White at The Invitational at Kiawah, finishing in a tie for 48th.
Dusenbury, who was the 2010 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year, tied for 48th at The Invitational at Kiawah, while Flanagan will make his season debut.
"This is a great chance for our guys to compete and get some more reps in during the fall semester," Dismuke said. "It's a long season, and we want to get as many guys as many looks as possible in competitive environments. That gives the coaches a chance to find our best team for the end of the year."
The Cougars join an impressive field at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. Houston will compete against Boston College, Gonzaga, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, San Francisco, Toledo, UNC Wilmington, UT Arlington, Xavier and host Notre Dame.
At the Funston Invitational, the Cougars will square off against players from Texas-Pan American, Texas-Brownsville, Baylor, North Dakota State, Texas Southern, Jacksonville, Tyler Junior College and host Sam Houston State.
Following the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and the Harold Funston Invitational, the Cougars will compete as a team for the last time during the fall season at the Lone Star Intercollegiate on Oct. 14-16. That event will be hosted by UTSA at Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.