UH swingers finish in
fourth at ASU
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH men's golf team posted its strongest
showing of the season with a fourth-place finish at the ASU Thunderbird
Invitational this weekend.
The tournament field consisted of 22 teams,
including the No. 4 Texas Longhorns.
Arizona State won its own tournament, turning
in a 25-under-par score of 839 to beat the Longhorns by six strokes.
Houston finished the first round in a tie
for third place. In the second round, the Cougars turned in the second
lowest score of the day. The Cougars experienced some trouble in the third
round, when junior Wade Ormsby was the only team member to score under
Ormsby paced the Cougars, finishing tied
for 11th place with a 6-under-par score of 210. Ormsby, a former Conference
USA Freshman of the Year, has been a steady contributor for the Cougars
this season and will be counted on heavily during the next few weeks.
Freshman Brad McIntosh continued his sensational
play, finishing with a 4-under-par 212. McIntosh finished in a tie for
McIntosh led the Cougars last week with
his 10th-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate. McIntosh is making a
strong bid to be the third Cougar in four years to become the C-USA Freshman
of the Year.
Senior All-American Andy Sanders came out
of his recent slump, turning in a 3-under-par score of 213, good for 24th
place. Sanders still leads the Cougars with a scoring average of 71.1 strokes
Sanders struggled this season but seems
to be returning to form. Houston will need the two-time C-USA Player of
the Year to do even better if it hopes to do well in postseason play.
Sophomore Brett Callas gave the Cougars
solid play with his 2-under-par 214, which put him in a tie for 29th. Sophomore
Simon Robinson struggled, turning in a 10-over-par 224 for the tournament.
The Cougars' next competition is this weekend,
when they attempt to defend their title at the 2001 C-USA Championship
Tournament in Navarre, Fla. April 23-25.