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Sunday, July 21, 2019


Houston men’s golf tees off at NCAA Regional in Lubbock

After capturing four team titles this season, the Cougars are preparing for the American Athletic Conference tournament. | Esteban Portillo/The Daily Cougar

The Cougars had four players shoot under-par in the first round, helping them on their way to -10 first-round score. | File photo/The Cougar

Houston men’s golf hit the links in their NCAA Regional in Lubbock, and with four under-par performances on the day, currently sits second overall for the event.

Behind the strong play from senior Kyle Pilgrim, the Cougars shot a team-score -10 under par, trailing leader Texas by only one stroke.

In the first day of the event, Pilgrim shot five under-par, sitting second in the individual ranks after recording six birdies and one bogey on the afternoon.

Junior Blair Hamilton, making his first career appearance in the NCAA post-season, currently is tied for 11th in the event after shooting a 68 in his first round, putting him at -3.

Rounding out the sub-par performances for Houston, seniors Roman Robledo and Vincent Martino shot a pair of 70’s, putting them in at -1 under par.

Alan De Bondt, the fifth Cougar competing in Lubbock, shot a +4-over 75 on the day.

For Houston, this is the first time since 1987 that the Cougars have had four players register scores under par in a post-season regional.

At the conclusion of the event, the low-five teams and low individual not on those teams will proceed to the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla.

Houston will tee off at 9:15 a.m. Friday, with each Cougar in a threesome set with golfers from first-placed Texas and third-placed Duke.

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