SHSU women’s golf takes team title in Okla.

2014 ORU Shootout

TULSA, Okla. – The Sam Houston State men’s golf team wasn’t the only one celebrating Tuesday.

The women’s golf team captured its first team title of the season, too, Tuesday at the Oral Roberts ORU Shootout at Meadowbrook Country Club.

The Bearkats trailed going into the final round, but fired a final round 299 to surge past Oral Roberts by five strokes.

Sam Houston pieced together three great rounds en route to the title. The team’s overall score, 880 [293-288-299], set a tournament record.

Sophomore Paige Nelson just missed winning her second consecutive tournament by three strokes. Nelson finished tied for second at 6 over with Missouri State’s Megan Furnish.

The Bearkats had four players finish in the top 10.

Alejandra Acosta of Oral Roberts took top medalist honors with a 3-over 216.


Bearkat Scores

T2. Paige Nelson: 6 over [73-70-66—219]

T4. Alisa White: 7 over [72-74-74—220]

T4. Nicole Budnik: 7 over [74-72-74—220]

6. Sarah Black: 8 over [74-72-75—221]

T42. Brooke Fouts: 23 over [79-77-80—236]



Alisa White has finished in the top 15 in all three tournaments this season and in the top 10 twice … Freshman Sarah Black turned in her best performance of her career with a sixth-place finish.

Up Next

The Bearkats host the Harold Funston Invitational Oct. 6-7 at Raven Nest Golf Course.


Ace In The Cup welcomes renowned LPGA professional to team

HOUSTON – Ace In The Cup, Houston’s premier golf and lifestyle magazine, has welcomed Deb Vangellow to its growing Deb Vangellow team.

Vangellow comes to the magazine with a wealth of golf experience and knowledge.

Vangellow, who teaches at Riverbend Country Club in Houston, is a LPGA Master Professional and has accrued numerous accolades in her career, including:

  • Golf Digest Woman Top 50 Teacher
  • Golf Digest Top Regional Teacher
  • Golf magazine Top Regional Teacher
  • S. Kids Golf Top 50 Master Kids Teacher
  • GRAA Growth of the Game Professional
  • Golf for Women magazine Top 50 Teacher

Vangellow also serves as the national vice president of the LPGA Teach and Club Professionals and is a long-time lead instructor in the LPGA Global Education Program.

Vangellow will write a quarterly column in Ace In The Cup, as well as for the website,

Ace In The Cup made its debut Aug. 25 with The Houston Golf Issue that featured an in-depth look at Bluejack National, what will be Tiger Woods’ first completed designed course in the U.S.; the resurrection of Quail Valley Golf Course; one couple’s golf room that will blow your mind; and much more.

The next issue, The Life & Luxury Issue, will hit stands Nov. 17.

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When golf goes bad: this guy loses it after a bad round

We’ve all had terrible rounds. And in the heat of the moment, sometimes it feels as if breaking every club in your bag would make things right again [hint: never a good idea]. This guy takes that idea to a whole new level.

This is the exact moment when golf goes bad. As if snapping more than $1,000 worth of clubs isn’t bad enough, the guy takes his anger out on his golf bag, too!

Jesus Christ. Somebody get this asshole a beer.

Better yet, take him somewhere to get his head checked.

And add him to the list of players with whom we won’t be playing.

HBU caps fourth-place finish at Fred Marx Invitational

2014 Fred Marx Invt

MONROE, La. – Led by senior Rachel Mulkey, the Houston Baptist women’s golf team finished fourth at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational here Tuesday at Bayou Desiard Country Club.

Mulkey turned in her second top-10 this season with a 13-over 229 [73-77-79] to finish in solo ninth place.

Sophomore Charlotte Hartshort turned in a top-10 performance with a 14-over 230 [74-77-79] to tie for 10th.

HBU shot 933 over the three-day tournament, with a tournament-best 308 the final day [314-311-308].

Tournament host University of Louisiana at Monroe won the tournament, while Sam Houston State’s Paige Nelson claimed individual honors with a 1-over 217.

HBU Scores

9. Rachel Mulkey 13 over [73-77-79—229]

T10. Charlotte Hartshorn 14 over [74-77-79—230]

T25. Caitlyn Cassity 19 over [80-80-75—235]

T27. Aries Ramirez 20 over [80-78-78—236]

54. Brook Johnston 33 over [88-81-80—249]


Up Next

The Huskies head to Huntsville Oct. 6-7 to play in the Harold Funston Invitational at Raven Nest Golf Club.


Rice hires new assistant golf coach

Clay Bounds of Mississippi State has joined the Rice University men’s golf program, the school announced Monday.

Clay Bounds
Clay Bounds

Bounds, who will serve as an assistant under head coach Justin Emil, comes to Rice after spending the 2012-13 season as a student assistant at Mississippi State.

“I am excited to add Clay to the Rice golf family,” Emil told “He brings some solid coaching experience from his time at Mississippi State and is an excellent player also. I know Clay will fit right in at Rice and help us reach our potential as a golf program.”

Bounds joined as a student assistant at Mississippi State golf team a season after playing on the team and earning his degree in accounting. As a player, Bounds averaged a 75.67 stroke average over 15 rounds. He qualified for the SEC Championship, where he finished 56th.

Bounds began his collegiate career at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. In 2008, he was named the outstanding freshman of the year.


Aggies struggle to find game at Collegiate Challenge Cup

A&M golf flag

KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – It wasn’t the best weekend for the Texas A&M men’s golf team at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup.

In stroke play competition Friday and Saturday, the Aggies fired a 33-over 885 [295-283-307].

“That was about as bad as I have ever seen us play,” A&M head coach J.T. Higgins told “It is really disappointing. We didn’t execute in any area of the game—physically, mentally, or in course management.”

The Aggies struggled equally as badly Sunday in match play action.

Against North Carolina State, the Aggies dropped four of five matches as the ACC defeated the SEC, 16.5-13.5.

A&M freshman Connor Black was the only Aggie to win a match.

“It has been a pretty rough week for us,” Higgins said. “At least today I saw a little more fight and heart out of the guys, but we’re just not playing well.”

Sunday Results vs. North Carolina State

Carter Page [NCSU] def. Ben Crancer [A&M], 2 & 1

Connor Black [A&M] def. Jacob McBride [NCSU], 2 & 1

Stanhope Johnson [NCSU] def. Adria Arnaus [A&M], 1 up

James Chapman [NCSU] def. Andrew Paysse [A&M], 1 up

David Cooke [NCSU] def. Andrew Lister [A&M], 3 & 1

Match Play Results

ACC def. SEC, 16.5-13.5

  • Georgia [SEC] def. Louisville [ACC], 3 & 2
  • South Carolina [SEC] def. Virginia [ACC], 3 & 2
  • Vanderbilt [ACC] draws with Georgia, 2-2-1
  • Missouri [SEC] draws with Duke [ACC], 2-2-1
  • North Carolina State [ACC] def. Texas A&M, 4 & 1
  • Clemson [ACC] def. Ole Miss [SEC], 3 & 1

Stroke Play Results


Then-A&M sophomore Crancer fired a 16-under 197 at the 2013 Cup. Crancer’s play then set an A&M record for the lowest 54-hole score, and he became the first A&M golfer to shoot a sub 200 54-hole score.

 Up Next

The Aggies head to Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 6-7 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

[Image: Texas A&M Athletics]

Sunday surge leads Cougars to third-place finish

Kyle Pilgrim Wolf Run
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – University of Houston senior Kyle Pilgrim and the UH men’s golf team didn’t let a weather delay and strong winds disrupt a Sunday surge up the leaderboard.

Following a Saturday weather delay that halted action, the Cougars made a strong push up the leaderboard at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate at Wolf Run Golf Club to finish in solo third.

The Cougars shot a three-day 47-over 899 [296-301-302].

UH was led by its senior, who posted a 4-over 75 on Sunday to finish in a tie for sixth. Pilgrim’s finish was the best of the season and his six top 10 of his career.

His three-day 209 at Wolf Run was one stroke shy of his career-best 208, which he shot at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in September 2013.

Illinois took the top team honors after posting a 7-over 859 [285-287-287].

UH Scores

T6. Kyle Pilgrim: 6 over [71-73-75—219]

16. Blair Hamilton: 11 over [75-75-74—224]

T24. Michael Perras: 15 over [74-76-78—228]

T30. Roman Robledo: 17 over [76-77-77-230]

T30. Vincent Martino: 17 over [77-77-76—230]

Final Results

Up Next

The Cougars head to Miramont Golf Club in Bryan for the Miramont Intercollegiate on Oct. 13-14.