Cougars earn team, individual title on road
UH posted the lowest total for all three round to capture the team and individual championship at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.
Junior Kyle Pilgrim earned the first championship of his career in his season debut after recording a career-low 66 in the final round to finish at 5-under-par 208.
Pilgrim opened the third round with a birdie on the first hole before sinking four more birdies during the next 14 holes.
After his lone bogey on the 345-yard, par-4 16th hole, Pilgrim rebounded with his fifth and final birdie of the day on the par-5 17th hole and capped his tournament with a par.
Pilgrim became the 29th player in school history to shoot 66 or lower in a round. It was the lowest round by a Cougar since fellow junior Roman Robledo fired a 65 in the second round at the Conference USA Championships on April 22, 2013.
“Kyle had a tremendous round and made so many quality shots all day long,” said Golf Director Jonathan Dismuke. “With a 66 in the final round, that’s going to be something he will remember for the rest of his life.”
The team posted scores of 282 and 283 in the first two rounds, then combined to shoot 4-under-par 280 in the third round and won its first outright team title at the event with a score of 847.
“It was a great effort by everyone both days,” Dismuke said.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Vincent Martino drained six birdies for a season-low 68 in the final round and finished fourth at 3-under-par 210.
The Cougars entered the final round with a 10-stroke lead against Georgia Southern and continued to build on that advantage throughout the day. UH started the day on a positive, playing the front nine as a group at four under par.