Cougars dominate Miramont Invitational

2014 UH men's golf Miramont

BRYAN – What a tournament for the University of Houston men’s golf team.

The Cougars won the Miramont Invitational here Monday and Tuesday by an astonishing 16 strokes and had four players place in the top 10 to earn their first team title of the season.

“It was a pretty solid performance for us from top to bottom,” Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke said. “Any time you can put six players among the top-20 leaders, it’s been a successful week.”

It all started with senior All-American Roman Robledo.

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Robledo fired a 5-under 67 in the second round, tied for the low score of the tournament, to surge to a second-place finish [72-67—139]. It’s another strong showing for Robledo, who advanced to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur this summer in Atlanta.

“Roman had a long summer, so now he has had a little more rest and is fresh,” Dismuke said. “Golf doesn’t take a toll on you so much, but it can wear you mentally at times, and that makes it difficult to compete. He had a chance to recover and was relaxed and regained his focus for this tournament.”

Robledo’s round included six birdies and a bogey.

He finished one stroke back from Louis Kelly of Louisiana, who shot a 6-under 138 [69-69].

The tournament was originally scheduled for 54 holes to be played Monday and Tuesday but severe weather Monday cancelled the afternoon round.

The Sam Houston State men’s golf team finished in a four-way tie for fourth, led by senior Zach Cabra, who tied for fifth with a 3-under 141.

The Rice Owls surged to a fourth-place finish after moving up six places Tuesday.

Senior Joe Beck III fired a career-low with a 69 on Tuesday to earn his first top-20 finish of the season. Beck shot 2 over for the tournament.

Tommy Economou turned in a top-20 finish of his own after shooting a pair of 73s to finish 2 over.

The Houston Baptist men’s golf team moved into the top 10 Tuesday by cutting nine strokes off its opening-round score. Senior Preston Stanley helped lead that charge with a 3-under 69, as he finished in a tie for eighth.

UH Scores

1. Team: 11 under [285-280—565]

2. Roman Robledo: 5 under [72-67—139]

T3. Michael Perras: 4 under [70-70—140]

T10. Vincent Martino: 1 under [72-71—143]

T13. Kyle Pilgrim: Even [71-73—144]

T20. Blair Hamilton: 2 over [74-72—146]

T8. Emmett Oh: 2 under [71-71—142]*

T43. Papito Gonzalez: 7 over [75-76—151]*

T47. Matt Scobie: 8 over [75-77—152]*

 

Sam Houston State Scores

T4. Team: 12 over [290-298—588]

T5. Zach Cabra: 3 under [71-70—141]

T30. JT Taylor: 5 over [72-77—149]

T37. Andrew Ertel: 6 over [74-76—150]

T47. Klein Klotz: 8 over [73-79—152]

T47. Logan Boatner: 8 over [77-75—152]

T28. Jake McCrory: 4 over [75-73—148]*

T63. Dennis Reiner: 11 over [79-76—155]*

 

Rice Scores

T4. Team: 12 over [302-286—588]

T20. Tommy Economou: 2 over [73-73—146]

T20. Joe Beck III: 2 over [77-69—146]

T23. Kevin Reilly: 3 over [76-71—147]

T37. James Lee: 6 over [76-74—150]

T37. Mario Carmona: 6 over [77-73—150]

T23. Mitchell Meissner: 3 over [76-71—147]*

T30. Jeff Wibawa: 5 over [79-70—149]*

T63. Trey Johnson: 11 over [82-73—155]*

 

Houston Baptist Scores

T10. Team: 19 over [303-292—595]

T8. Preston Stanley: 2 under [73-69—142]

T30. Trey Cassity: 5 over [73-76—149]

T47. Brandon Wilhide: 8 over [80-72—152]

T63. Isaiah Huerta: 11 over [77-78-155]

T73. Jeffrey Merrell: 18 over [87-75—162]

T43. Raul Hernandez: 7 over [74-77-151]*

 

Results

 

Noteworthy

The win was the Cougars’ 10th under Dismuke. He becomes the third coach in program history to lead the Cougars to double-digit team titles, joining Dave Williams [342] and Mike Dirks [12].

 

Up Next

UH: The Cougars close out their fall season Oct. 27-28 at the Baylor Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.

SHSU: The Bearkats end their fall slate Oct. 20-21 at the New Mexico State Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in Las Curces, N.M.

Rice: The Owls end their fall season at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate in Vero Beach, Fla., Oct. 27-28.

HBU: The Huskies end their fall season at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate in Vero Beach, Fla., Oct. 27-28.

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Woods ‘pleased’ with progress of Bluejack National

MONTGOMERY – Tiger Woods was back in Texas last week to check on the progress of his latest course, Bluejack National.

The 7,400-yard course nestled in the pines of FM 1488 in Montgomery is currently under construction, and Woods was pleased with its progress. Since construction began in August, 15 holes have been cleared and the rough is beginning to take shape on the front 9 and on the short course, The Playgrounds.

The course is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

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Bluejack is a special place,” Woods said. “The movement of the land through the magnificent forest is a terrific foundation for the course. I’m very pleased with where we are right now, and looking forward to the finished product.

“We’ve cleared the underbrush surrounding the holes—the forest floor is mulch and pine straw. The wide landing areas and open green fronts will deliver a great golf experience for players at any skill level.”

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Aggies make strong statement at Schooner Fall Classic

Schooner Fall Classic

NORMAN, Okla. – Despite a field that featured five-ranked teams, the Texas A&M women’s golf team placed third at the Schooner Fall Classic here Monday.

The Aggies shot a 2-under 838 [283-281-274] at Belmar Golf Club, including a final round 6-under 274.

“The team knew they needed to take advantage of the scoring conditions today,” said head coach Trelle McCombs. “I’m really proud of the way they rallied at the end today.”

Maddie Szeryk and Marijosse Navarro, each of whom finished in the top 10, led the Aggies.

Szeryk continued her dominating play and finished fourth at the tournament. Szyerk shot 5 under, including a 1-under 69 in the final round.

Navarrow finished sixth behind a 4-under 206.

Mississippi State won the team title after shooting a ridiculous 22 under [818].

A&M Scores

T4. Maddie Szeryk: 5 under [70-66-69—205]

6. Marijosse Navarro: 4 under [70-70-66—206]

T30. Thanya Pattamakijska: 3 over [73-73-67—213]

T48. Bianca Fabrizio: 7 over [73-72-72—217]

T70. Andrea Jonama: 12 over [70-76-76—222]

Results

Up Next

The Aggies head to the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio at Briggs Ranch Golf Course Oct. 26-28.

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SHSU’s Nelson receives conference recognition

Paige Nelson

After turning in two solid tournaments, Sam Houston State sophomore Paige Nelson received Southland Conference Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 1.07.37 AM recognition.

Nelson was named the Southland Conference Women’s Golfer of the month for September.

Nelson won the ULM Fred Marx Invitational, her first win of her collegiate career, and then turned around the following week and nearly won the ORU Shootout. Nelson finished second by three shots.

It’s been quite the season for the Creekview High School graduate.

Nelson has placed in the top 15 in all three tournaments and in the top 10 in two.

Nelson is averaging a 72.6 stroke average this season, which, if she remains on pace, would break the program’s record of 75.03.

Nelson was an honorable mention All-Southland selection as a freshman.

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Bearkats win Wisconsin Badger Invitational

Bearkats win Wisconsin Badger Invitational

MADISON, Wis. – A strong second day lead helped the Sam Houston State men’s golf team to clinch its first team title of the season here at the Wisconsin Badger Invitational Sept. 28-30.

The Bearkats edged out Iowa State by a stroke, shooting a three-day 7-over 871 [283-293-295] at University Ridge Golf Course.

All four of Sam Houston’s top four finishers placed in the top 10, led by seniors Zach Cabra and Logan Boatner, who tied for fifth at 1 over.

Cabra’s tournament included an impressive second round in which he shot 4-under 68. Boatner put together three consistent rounds, firing 71-73-73.

Iowa State made it close the final day after shooting 6 under as a team. Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez took top individual honors with a 3-under 213 [75-72-66].

Bearkat Scores

T5. Zach Cabra: 1 over[71-68-78—217]

T5. Logan Boatner: 1 over [71-73-73—217]

9. Klein Klotz: 2 over [71-76-71—218]

T10. Andrew Ertel: 3 over [70-76-73—219]

T49. JT Taylor: 15 over [74-79-78—231]

Results

Noteworthy

SHSU will attempt to win back-to-back tournaments for the second consecutive year. Last season, the team won the Kansas State tournament, then returned home and won the Harold Funston Invitational title the following week.

Up Next

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

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]

Results

Noteworthy

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.

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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, aceinthecup.com.

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.

Subscribe to receive your free copy, or email matt.keyser@aceinthecup.com for advertising inquiries.