Cougar Golf Team Makes it Four in a Row at C-USA Championships






    Andy Sanders

    NAVARRE, Fla. (Apr. 19) -- The University of Houston golf team successfully defended its three-year streak of winning the annual Conference USA championship Wednesday afternoon at The Hidden Creek course in Navarre, Florida.

    With all five Cougar golfers finishing among the top eight in the 60-player field, including back-to-back individual medalist Andy Sanders, Houston coasted to a comfortable 22-shot victory in the 54-hole Championship. The Cougars' fourth-straight C-USA title was by 22 strokes over runner-up UAB.

    The win also marked Houston's 18th conference championship in golf dating back to 1956. Excluding 13 years when UH competed as an independent in college sports, the Cougars have won or shared 18 league golf titles in C-USA (4), the Southwest Conference (9) and Missouri Valley (5) conferences.

    On Wednesday the Cougars shot their best round of the tournament (283). No other team had a better round than Houston on any of the respective days and UH was never seriously threatened after the first day when the lead was just four stokes over South Florida.

    Houston senior B.J. Staten paced the team Wednesday with a three-under par 69, but it was junior Andy Sanders' steady 54-hole total of four-under par 212 that earned the native of Merritt Island, Florida, his second-consecutive C-USA medalist award. Sanders is ranked as one of the Top 30 collegiate players in the United States and the win was the third of his UH career. He won by three strokes over both Staten (215, one-under) and UAB senior Chris Devlin. The trio were the only players to finish below par at Hidden Creek.

    UH senior James Edmondson finished in sole possession of fourth place (217, one-over). Senior Chris Morris tied for fifth (218, two-over) and sophomore Wade Ormsby tied for eighth (219, three-over).

    The All-Tournament team included Sanders, Staten, Edmondson and Morris as well as Devlin (UAB), Chris Campbell of Louisville and Nick Lykins of Cincinnati.

    All-Conference honors, which reflected individual play for the full spring and fall seasons went to Devlin, who was voted player-of-the-year by league coaches, Sanders, Staten, Morris and Ormsby. Brett Hitchcock of South Florida, Jeff Curl of UNCC, Campbell of Louisville, Jim Herman of Cincinnati and Michael OConnel of DePaul also earned all-league accolades.

    Southern Miss Justin Emil earned the freshman of the year award with a four-over par score of 220. South Florida Coach Jim Fee was voted coach of the year honors by his peers. League coaches also voted to return next year's championship to the Club at Hidden Creek.

    
                      2000 C-USA Men's Golf Championships
                      The Club at Hidden Creek Navarre, FL
                        Tournament Dates: 04/17 - 04/19
    
                           FINAL TEAM RESULTS
    
                                  Par:        72
                                  Yardage:  6795
     Fin Team                 R1   R2   R3    Tot   Vs Par
       1 Houston             285  289  283    857    -7
       2 UAB                 292  299  288    879   +15
       3 South Florida       289  302  293    884   +20
       4 Louisville          297  294  298    889   +25
       5 UNC Charlotte       299  300  296    895   +31
       6 Southern Miss       309  297  291    897   +33
       7 Cincinnati          305  298  295    898   +34
       8 Memphis             299  308  302    909   +45
       9 Tulane              306  293  311    910   +46
      10 Saint Louis         308  306  302    916   +52
      11 De Paul             302  298  317    917   +53
      12 Marquette           312  302  307    921   +57
    
    
                           FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
    
                                  Par:        72
                                  Yardage:  6795
     Fin  Name                  School      Scores
       1  Andy Sanders          Houston      70  71  71 212   -4
    
       2  Chris Devlin          UAB          72  73  70 215   -1
          B.J. Staten           Houston      73  73  69 215   -1
    
       4  James Edmondson       Houston      72  73  72 217   +1
    
       5  Chris Morris          Houston      74  73  71 218   +2
          Chris Campbell        Louisville   74  72  72 218   +2
          Nick Lykins           Cincinnati   73  72  73 218   +2
    
       8  Brett Hitchcock       So Florida   71  76  72 219   +3
          Wade Ormsby           Houston      70  72  77 219   +3
    
      10  Justin Emil           So. Miss.    74  74  72 220   +4
          Colin Wright          Memphis      71  76  73 220   +4
    
      12  Mike Hyland           NC Charlot   73  75  73 221   +5
          Patrick Watermeier    So Florida   71  76  74 221   +5
    
      14  Michael O'Connel      De Paul      72  71  79 222   +6
          Scott Fann            St. Louis    72  78  72 222   +6
          Ricardo Carrillo      So Florida   73  74  75 222   +6
    
      17  Jeff Curl             NC Charlot   75  72  76 223   +7
          Justin Strausbaugh    Tulane       72  75  76 223   +7
          Tim Yelverton         So. Miss.    79  74  70 223   +7
          Neal Kauffman         NC Charlot   75  76  72 223   +7
          Daniel Ozley          UAB          75  74  74 223   +7
          Grant Sturgeon        Louisville   74  74  75 223   +7
          Tyrol Auret           UAB          69  82  72 223   +7
          Donny Holman          So. Miss.    77  73  73 223   +7
    
      25  Matthew Gade          Louisville   74  73  77 224   +8
    
      26  Jay Cavanagh          So Florida   74  78  73 225   +9
          Payton Osborn         UAB          78  75  72 225   +9
    
      28  Mark Wentz            Marquette    76  72  78 226  +10
    
      29  Doug Ferris           So Florida   77  76  74 227  +11
          Justin Haupt          St. Louis    74  77  76 227  +11
          Michael Prieur        Memphis      73  79  75 227  +11
    
      32  Graeme McDowell       UAB          76  77  75 228  +12
          Geoff Nuwash          Louisville   75  78  75 228  +12
          Jim Herman            Cincinnati   76  77  75 228  +12
    
      35  Ryan Lilly            Cincinnati   80  79  70 229  +13
    
      36  Joe Hermes            De Paul      75  75  80 230  +14
          Andy Robertson        NC Charlot   76  79  75 230  +14
    
      38  Adam Trower           St. Louis    80  75  76 231  +15
          Jason Wyatt           Memphis      77  75  79 231  +15
          Louis Devaleix        Tulane       78  73  80 231  +15
          Kirk Hathaway         Cincinnati   76  74  81 231  +15
          John Dallio           De Paul      78  77  76 231  +15
    
      43  Matt Cooper           Memphis      78  79  75 232  +16
          Marc Fisher           Marquette    76  77  79 232  +16
          Byron Shultz          Tulane       83  74  75 232  +16
    
      46  Brad Wilder           Cincinnati   81  75  77 233  +17
          Ryan Hurley           Louisville   82  75  76 233  +17
          Nathan Rogers         So. Miss.    81  76  76 233  +17
    
      49  Ryan Fisher           De Paul      77  75  82 234  +18
          Ben Snow              So. Miss.    79  79  76 234  +18
          Edvins Erkmanis       Marquette    79  77  78 234  +18
          Bryon McDougall       Tulane       76  71  87 234  +18
          Jason Goble           NC Charlot   78  77  79 234  +18
    
      54  Tim Jacobs            Marquette    85  76  74 235  +19
    
      55  Dan Chartrand         Memphis      80  78  79 237  +21
    
      56  Brent Kerns           St. Louis    82  76  81 239  +23
          Brad White            Marquette    81  81  77 239  +23
    
      58  Ben Zeiky             Tulane       80  80  80 240  +24
    
      59  Mark Wacker           St. Louis    84  83  78 245  +29
    
      60  Drew Mayhew           De Paul      83  86  82 251  +35
     

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