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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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.

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Kajiki leads Cougars to fourth-place finish

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Playing in their second tournament of their collegiate careers, freshmen Yuka Kajiki and Megan Thothong turned in two top-10 finishes at the Mary Fossum Invitational.

The Cougars turned in their second straight fourth-place finish of the season after placing fourth at the “Mo”Morial earlier in the week.

Related: Cougars open strong at Mary Fossum Invitational

Kajiki placed third at 7 over after a final round 75 [76-72-75—223]. Kajiki’s final round included two birdies and five bogeys. The Hiroshima, Japan, native finished two strokes behind Meghan MacLaren of FIU, who shot 5 over [74-73-74—221].

Thothong build some early momentum en route to a final round 77, but immediately gave in back. Having birdies in two of her first four holes, Thothong also had two bogeys, and then doubled the par 4 sixth.

Thothong’s eighth-place finish was still a career-best.

Notre Dame took top team honors.

UH Scores

3. Yuka Kajiki: 7 over [76-72-75—223]

8. Megan Thothong: 11 over [76-74-77—227]

T24. Raegan Bremer: 19 over [79-77-79—235]

T45. Emily Gilbreth: 24 over [83-77-80—240]

T62. Maddy Rayner: 29 over [86-79-80—245]

Results

Team // Individual

Up Next

The Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, Oct. 20-22, West Point, Miss.

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Cougars open strong at Mary Fossum Invitational

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – There wasn’t a whole lot of time off between the University of Houston women’s golf team finish at the “Mo”Morial on Wednesday and their opener at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Friday.

Turns out, they didn’t need much time.

The Cougars fired a 614 [314-300] in the 36-hole opener and find themselves in a tie for fourth.

Freshman Yuka Kajiki led the way for UH after posting a 4-over 148 [76-72] on the opening day. Kajiki is only three shots off pace of leader Sarah Burnham of Michigan State, who fired a 1-over 145 [75-70].

UH Scores

T7. Megan Thothong: 6 over [76-74—150]

T25. Raegan Bremer: 12 over [79-77—156]

T40. Emily Gilbreth: 16 over [83-77—160]

72 Maddy Rayner: 21 over [86-79—165]

Leaderboard

Team // Individual

Noteworthy

  • The Cougars are coming off a top 10 finish at the “Mo”Morial, where they finished fourth in their first competitive team tournament in school history
  • Thothong’s second-round 74 included three birdies during a five-hole stretch
  • You can follow the tournament live here

Up Next

The Cougars tee off for the final round at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with Michigan and FIU.

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Aggies, Cougars finish in top 10 at “Mo”Morial

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BRYAN – The Texas A&M women’s golf team finished third, including three top 10 player finishes, while the University of Houston women’s golf team finished fourth at the “Mo”Morial at Traditions here Wednesday.

A&M freshman Maddie Szeryk finished third at 3 under [76-65-72—213] in her first career collegiate tournament, while teammates Callie Scheffler finished eighth at 4 over [76-72-72—220], and Bianca Fabrizio finished in a tie for ninth at 5 over [74-73-74—221].

“I’m ecstatic about this team,” A&M coach Trelle McCombs told 12thman.com. “When you put four sophomores and a freshman in the lineup and they finish third after just one week of school, you can’t complain about that.

Szeryk made quite a statement in her inaugural tournament. Her second-round 65 was not only a tournament record [previously set by Victoria Trapani’s 68 in 2011] but she aced the par 3 16th. She followed her career round with an even-par 72 in the final round.

The Cougars had three players finish in the top 20, including Raegan Bremer’s tie for 12th at 7 over, Maddy Rayner’s tie for 15th at 8 over, and Emily Gilbreth’s tie for 20th at 10 over.

The “Mo”Morial marked the Cougars’ first competitive tournament in program history.

“All the emotions are over, and now the exciting part is we know where we are at,” coach Gerrod Chadwell said. “We learned a lot about them, and they learned a lot about us. It’s a good start, and we hope to build on that for this weekend.”

Auburn won the tournament with a team score 860 [4 under], while Florida State finished second at 873 [9 over]. Auburn’s Clara Baena and Kayla Jones of Florida State shared top medalist honors at 7 under.

Results

Team // Individual

Noteworthy

  • A&M’s Scheffler tied her career-best for the second straight day with an even-par 72
  • UH freshman Courtney Tibiletti, a former Huntsville High School golfer, shot 17 over [76-80-77—233]

Up Next

A&M: The Schooner Fall Classic, Norman, Okla., Oct. 4-6

UH: Mary Fossum Invitational, East Lansing, Mich., Sept. 13-14

“Mo”Morial Day 2: Szyerk’s career day leads A&M’s surge

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BRYAN – Texas A&M freshman Maddie Szyerk’s caught fire in Day 2 of the “Mo”Morial at Traditions Club here Tuesday.

Szyerk fired a record-typing 65 [7 under] and recorded a hole-in-one as she jumped to a tie for the lead and led a surge by the Texas A&M women’s golf team to a tie for second of its own.

More impressive for Szyerk, it’s only her second collegiate round.

“I think everything was working for me today,” Szyerk told 12thman.com. “I hit the ball really solid and gave myself a lot of chances to make birdies, and I did.”

Szyerk’s 65 is a “Mo”Morial record, breaking Victoria Trapani 68 set in 2011. Szyerk is tied with Florida State’s Kayla Jones at 3 under going into the final day Wednesday.

As for her hole-in-one, which came on the par 3 16th, “I hit it pretty solid, and it looked good, but I couldn’t see it over the ridge,” Szyerk said. “Then everyone started screaming. It was pretty exciting.”

That excitement carried through the rest of the team as the Aggies jumped for a tie for sixth after Monday’s play to second place heading into the final day.

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The University of Houston women’s golf team, meanwhile, playing in the first collegiate tournament that it can compete for a title, slipped two spots from second to fourth, but had a solid showing by Raegan Bremer, who shot 2-over 74.

Bramer’s only mishap on the day came via a double bogey on the par 5 10. She pared the other 17 holes.

UH-Mo'Morial

Full leaderboard

"Mo"Morial Day 2

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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.

Scores:

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.

 

Rice

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.