UH succeeds with quick turnaround
The Cougars are coming off a 14th place finish this weekend at the Border Olympics, with a team score of 917, and don’t get much rest as they hit the links once again Monday in the 25th annual Louisiana Classics.
The Cougars are in fifth place after the first day of the tournament, helped by back-to-back rounds of 74 for junior Jackie Lindsey.
“We did quite well. We work on endurance a lot, and I was very pleased with our guys’ performance today. We started off a little shaky, but we came back and had a great second round, and we’re looking forward to tomorrow,” head coach Jonathan Dismuke said.
Houston is playing at Oakbourne Country Club, a 7,141-yard, par-72 course, against a very competitive field, including No. 13 Illinois, LSU, SMU, Memphis, Kansas, Colorado, Texas State, UAB, UALR, New Orleans, Southern Miss, Southeastern Louisiana and host school Louisiana.
“We just try to do our own deal and take care of our business. We try not to focus on stuff we don’t have control over, like the teams we’re playing against,” Dismuke said.
The two-day tournament consisted of 54 holes played yesterday, with the final 18 holes to be played today. Both days began with 8 a.m. tee-times.
The Cougars will send out juniors Lindsey, Clark Mitzner and Matt Eschenburg, senior Beau Davis and sophomore Eric Adler after the short turnaround.
Lindsey placed 41st at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas. Lindsey and Eschenburg have been ironmen for the Cougars, competing in every tournament this season.
“We evaluated some of the mistakes we were making. We didn’t play the par five’s very well, we didn’t play the par four’s very well, and we had a really, really poor driving tournament,” Dismuke said. “These guys have been playing golf a long time, and it’s just very subtle tweaks here and there needed to get them going right.”
After the Louisiana Classics tournament, the Cougars will travel back to Louisiana to compete in the Squire Creek Intercollegiate in Ruston on March 15 and 16.