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Volume 68, Issue 137, Monday, April 21, 2003

Sports

Callas and Co. charge into Tampa

Cougar Sports Staff

Itis had more than its share of ups and downs during the 2002-03 season, but the Cougar golf team will need a repeat of its performance at the Arizona State University Invitational when it hits the course at the Conference USA Championships in Tampa, Fla., today through Wednesday.

There was a time when the Cougars were recognized as one of the best programs in the country, but head coach Mike Dirks has spent this season preparing three freshmen (Pablo Acuna, Zach Mowbray and Kevin Newman) for the rough and tumble world of collegiate golf. It doesnit get much rougher than the C-USA Championships.

Dirksi young squad hits the links against some stiff competition, namely Adam Rubinson and the No. 5 Texas Christian Horned Frogs. Rubinson, ranked No. 18 among college golfers, is a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award. He is joined by fellow Horned Frog standout David Schultz. Schultz, the No. 25 player, won the ASU individual championship.

Senior Brett Callas led the Cougars with a 7-under-par 65 on the final day of play in Arizona, but he didnit win an individual championship this season. In Tampa, UH players will compete against East Carolinais Jason Harris, Tulaneis Chris Wheeler, Marquetteis Nathan Colson, Memphisi Alan Weant, Saint Louisi Evan Frederick, Southern Mississippiis Justin Emil, Shane Rushing and Michael Soroka, TCUis Adam Meyer and Alabama-Birminghamis Nathan Turner. All 10 players have won individual championships this season.

The Cougars are led by Callas and seniors Simon Robinson and John Wine.

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