Thursday, March 17, 2011

Houston Golf: Cougars in 13th Place after First Round at Desert Shootout

GOODYEAR, ARIZONA (March 17, 2011) Freshman Jesse Droemer fired a 1-under-par 71 in the first round of the Desert Shootout to lead the University of Houston golf team Thursday.

With a team score of 292, the Cougars stood in 13th place through the first day.

Droemer was the only Cougar to shoot under par on the 7,015-yard, par-72 course at Palm Valley Golf Course during the first round. Freshmen Bryn Flanagan and Wesley McClain were tied for 53rd after shooting 73s, while freshman Curtis Reed wastied for 71st with a 75. Sophomore newcomer Will Dusenbury was tied for 83rd with a 77.

Oklahoma posted ascore of 274 to finish the first day two strokes ahead of TCU and three shots ahead of Saint Mary’s, BYU and Iowa State. North Texas (280), Tulsa (281), VCU (282), Southern Utah (282) and Wyoming (283) rounded out the top-10 team leaders.

North Texas’ Carlos Ortiz, Zachary Blair and Cameron Edens of BYU and Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer were tied for the first-round lead after shooting 66.

The second round resumes at 8:30 a.m. (CST), Friday, with players teeing off from holes No. 1 and No. 10. The final round begins at 8:30 a.m. (CST), Saturday, with a shotgun start.

Following the Desert Shootout, the Cougars play host to the Border Olympics on March 25-26 in Laredo, Texas.

Houston will welcome Air Force, Arkansas, Baylor, Lamar, Liberty, Kansas, Kansas State, Rice, New Mexico State, Indiana, UT Arlington, UTSA, North Texas, Oklahoma, Toledo, Wichita, Washington State and Texas State.

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