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Volume 71, Issue 136, Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sports

Houston slides to 5th in C-USA tournament

by JONG LEE
The Daily Cougar

The Cougars finished the Conference USA Championships fifth on Wednesday. The Cougars began the day tied for first, after shooting a 280 in the second round. Houston finished Wednesday with a 20-stroke slide from Round 2, with 300, giving them a total team score of 865 for the championship.

Southern Methodist University finished strongly in the third day, shooting a 276 to finish with a total of 845 as a team. Memphis fell almost as hard as Houston did, finishing fourth after placing first after two rounds. The Tigers shot a total of 856 for the tournament and a 291 on Wednesday. Alabama-Birmingham finished four strokes behind the Cougars, firing a 292 in Day 3. Rice and East Carolina share the comfort of seventh place, shooting 876. 

Coming into the final round, the Cougars had three players on the top-10 leader board but after the last day only two remain in the top 20. After his amazing 66 in the second round, junior Pablo Acuna came back with a 73 in the final round, placing him as the highest Cougar with 11th place with a two-under-par 214. 

Senior Zach Mowbray fell the farthest, from third after day two, to t-17th. Mowbray shot a 77 in the final round to end his tournament one-over-par 217. Senior Kevin Newman shot a 76 in day three and dropped from 10th to t-22nd. Newman ended the tournament with a two-over-par 218.

Junior Ricky Romano and sophomore Jordan Irwin both entered Wednesday with a share of 29th place. Irwin outplayed his teammate by one stroke to stand in t-34, shooting a total six-over-par 222 for the tournament. Romano finished t-36 with a score of seven-over-par 223.

The NCAA will announce if the Cougars will participate in the 2006 NCAA Regionals. The Regionals begin on May 18.
 

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