Golfers Finish Eighth in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 12) - Behind the second consecutive under par performance by junior All-American Andy Sanders, the University of Houston golf team finished in eighth place at the prestigious Las Vegas Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 868.

Playing in their first tournament of the spring semester, the eighth-ranked Cougars carded a final round 290 to finish in a tie with tournament host, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Houston (291-287-290---868) concluded the tournament four-over par as a team and 20 shots behind the tournament champion, Arizona State (285-281-282---848), who won the event in a two-round playoff over Oklahoma State (281-276-291---848) and Minnesota (283-284-281---848).

For the second straight round Sanders carded a two-under, 70 in pursuit of the individual title. Sanders (72-70-70---212) finished in a three-way tie for 14th place, joining UNLV's Jeremy Anderson and Dave Gunderson of Minnesota in staying five strokes off the individual medallist, Clemson's D.J. Trahan. Trahan shot a final round 66 to finish at 207, winning out over Texas's Matt Brost in a three-hole playoff.

Senior B.J. Staten also provided the Cougars with consecutive under-par rounds, firing a 71 to match his Saturday's total. Staten (75-71-71---217) ended the three-day event in a four-way tie for 27th. Staten was joined in the scoring by sophomore Wade Ormsby (73-72-75---220) and senior James Edmondson (72-74-75---221), who finished in ties for 46th and 52nd, respectively. Senior Chris Morris rounded out the UH performances, finishing in a tie for 61st after shooting 223 over three rounds (74-75-74---223).

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