The Cougars headed into the final round with a one stroke lead over the Longhorns in the prestigious pre-Regional event; however, UT made up the stroke advantage by carding a final round 283 to nip the Cougars, 863-860. U of H opened the tournament with a 296 and completed the second round with a score of 280.
Junior All-American Andy Sanders led the way for the Cougars, firing a final-round 67 to finish at one-over, 211. Sanders, who opened the tournament with a 76 and a 68, finished in a tie for third with USC's Kevin Standler. Oklahoma State's Charles Howell took medallist honors, shooting a four-under, 206.
Sophomore Wade Ormsby also was a top 10 finisher, carding a six-over, 216, to finish in a three-way tie for eighth with UT's John Klauk and Ben Smith of Mississippi State. Ormsby shot 71, 70 and 75 in his three rounds.
B.J. Staten, one of three Cougar seniors, finished tied for 18th after shooting 220 (75-72-73), while fellow seniors Chris Morris (76-74-72--222) and James Edmondson (74-70-80---224) took home 26th and 36th, respectively.
The Cougars also had two freshmen compete as individuals: Simon Robinson and Brett Callas. Robinson was consistent in firing a 74, 73 and 75 to finish tied for 26th at 222, while Callas opened with back-to-back 83s, but pulled his game together to card a final round 71 (total of 237).
Houston nipped Oklahoma State (866) and Georgia and South Carolina (874) for its second place finish. The Conference USA champs now take part in the NCAA Central Regionals, which is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Victoria, Texas.