Getting back in the swing of things

Freshman Roman Robledo made an impact for UH in the fall. He finished tied for fourth at the Lonestar Invitational and shot the third-best average round for the Cougars in the fall (73.25). | Courtesy of UH Athletics

The Cougars open the spring season on Saturday, playing host to HBU and Rice at the Redstone Golf Challenge.

For third-year head coach Jonathan Dismuke, the objectives are internal.

“My main goal is monitoring our expectation level on focusing on things we have control over,” Dismuke said. “We have control over our emotions, preparations, attitude and things like that.”

The youthful Cougars – with only one senior on their roster – saw shades of brilliance in 2011, finishing tied for first at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, all the while battling windy and rainy conditions throughout the tournament.

After finishing the fall with three-straight top-10 finishes, the Cougars used the break to make evaluations and rest up for the spring.

“It’s a good time of the year because we come back and we’re fresh; we want to work hard to have a good spring,” Dismuke said.

For a program that has amassed 16 national championships and produced names like Fred Couples, Steve Elkington and Jim Nantz – just to name a few – Dismuke and his young squad work diligently to fill those big shoes.

“It means a lot to our guys to come to Houston and to play at Houston and be a part of that program,” Dismuke said. “They’re very respectful of what this program has accomplished and they want to do those former players proud by representing them well.”

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