Oct. 15, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The University of Houston golf team returns to action this weekend when it competes at the third annual Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
The Cougars join Arizona, Baylor, New Mexico, North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M, Texas State, UT Arlington, UTEP, Weber State and host UTSA on the 7,258-yard, par-72 course.
The tournament consists of 54 holes with 18 played each day. Teams will tee off holes No. 1 and No. 10 at 11 a.m., Sunday with an 8:30 a.m., start Monday. The final 18 holes wrap up at 8 a.m., Tuesday.
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"This is a great event every year. Briggs Ranch is one of my favorites courses in Texas, and UTSA does a great job of hosting," said Dismuke, who is in his third year at the helm of the program. "We enjoy going over there and competing and spending time in the San Antonio area."
Heading to San Antonio and competing against UTSA also gives the Cougars an opportunity to connect with former All-American Bill Rogers. The former British Open champion and ex-Cougar currently serves as the director of golf development at UTSA. Earlier this week, Rogers was in the Houston area to play at the 2011 Dave Williams Pro-Am sponsored by Insperity.
With the team continuing to enjoy solid practices and workouts during the break in the competitive schedule, Dismuke said he would be looking for more steady performances from his team.
"In practice and qualifying rounds, we have been extremely consistent and posted some low scores," Dismuke said. "On the road, we have been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times, so I'm hoping we can be more consistent this week."
A year ago, the Cougars tied for seventh at this event. Then-freshman Wesley McClain led the Cougars in their final fall event of the season, firing a 2-under-par 214 to tie for seventh place, his best finish of the year.
The Cougars should enter the tournament on a wave of momentum. In their last outing, the team tied with St. Mary's (Calif.) for the team championship at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Sept. 26-27.
Freshman Roman Robledo leads the Cougars with a 73.33 scoring average through two tournaments and finished 11th at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.
Junior James Ross is a close second at 73.83 and is tied with Robledo for team-high honors with two rounds of par or better this season. After tying for second at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, the Edinburgh, Scotland, native was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week, a first in his career.
Ross lowered his score with each round at that event and capped his tournament with a 1-under-par 69 to help the Cougars preserve a share of the team championship.
Juniors Joseph Reynolds and Will Dusenbury will make their season debuts with Dusenbury - the 2011 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year - competing as an individual. They will be joined in the lineup by sophomores Jesse Droemer and Curtis Reed.