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]*





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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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]



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

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.

Subscribe to receive your free copy, or email for advertising inquiries.

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.

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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.