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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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.


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

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.


Area colleges teeing up 2014-15 seasons

NCAA golf

University of Houston

Cougars place fifth at Northern Intercollegiate

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Junior Vincent Martino had quite the showing at the Northern Intercollegiate here Sept. 5-7. Vincent Martino

Martino led the Cougars to a fifth-place finish in their first tournament of the season after posting three straight par or better days on his way to a second-place finish. Martino, a Southlake, Texas, native, shot 1 under [72-71-72—215] for the tournament, three shots behind winner Zach Seabolt of Winthrop [S.C.] University. Martino made an early surge up the leaderboard Sunday with birdies on the front 9, but suffered consecutive bogeys on the backside.

As a team, the Cougars placed fifth in their first tournament since placing 10th at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in the spring. The team was in a tie for fourth following a 294 on the first day [only the top four scores count towards the team score], but failed to make up any ground the following two days to finish at a 33-over 894 [294-299-301].

Other UH scores:

T11 Blair Hamilton, 6 over [70-78-74—222]

T32 Michael Perras, 13 over [78-77-74—229]

T38 Ben Arnett, 15 over [72-80-79—231]

T53. Kyle Pilgrim 19 over [80-79-76—235]

T55. Roman Robledo 20 over [85-71-80—236]

Top 10:

  1. #13 Virigina, 15 over [297-296-286—879]
  2. Winthrop, 18 over [285-302-295—882]
  3. Ohio State, 28 over [290-304-298-892]
  4. Purdue, 29 over [293-298-302—893]
  5. Houston, 30 over [294-299-301—894]
  6. Louisville, 33 over [296-306-295—897]
  7. Marquette, 40 over [298-299-307—904]
  8. Ball State, 41 over [294-311-300—905]
  9. North Texas, 47 over [304-301-306—911]
  10. #18 UCF, 55 over [299-310-310—919]

Up Next:

Wolf Run Intercollegiate, Sept. 20-21, hosted by the University of Indiana at Wolf Run Golf Club


Sam Houston State

Bearkats begin season Sept. 8-9 at Southern Miss Sam Hall Intercollegiate at Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Check back for updates on the tournament.


Texas A&M

Aggies earn dual victory over Princeton

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Texas A&M opened its season with a dual victory over Princeton here Sunday.

The Aggies, behind a trio of even par rounds, shot a 1-over 289 to defeat Princeton’s 34-over 322.

A&M is coming off a 29th-place finish at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in the spring.


Ben Crancer, even par 72

Cameron Champ, even par 72

Adria Amaus, even par 72

Andrew Paysse, 1-over 73

Andrew Lister, 2-over 74

Connor Black, 4-over 76

Up Next:

The Aggies head to the Fighting Illini Invitational Sept. 12-14 in Olympia Fields, Ill.



Owls open season today in Mississippi

The Owls will join Sam Houston State at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss., today to open their season.

Rice is the defending Conference USA champions and returns nine players from last season, including C-USA Freshman of the Year Kevin Reilly.

Check back for updates.


Prairie View A&M

Panthers open season Sept. 14-16

Prairie View begins its 2014-15 season at the MVSU Classic in Greenville, Miss., Sept. 14-16.


Texas Southern

Tigers travel to Georgia for season-opening tournament

Texas Southern opens its season at the Black College Hall of Fame Tournament in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 27-30.