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Volume 72, Issue 102, Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Sports

Golfers come up short at three-day tournament

Cougar Sports Services

The UH golf team got off to a slow start at the All-American Intercollegiate Invitational, and never recovered from it.

The Cougars finished in fifth place with a score of 886 at the three-day tournament, which ended Tuesday at the Cypresswood Golf Club. 

Kansas (872) claimed the team championship. Lamar finished second and Southeastern Louisiana and Middle Tennessee State tied for third. 

"We had a slow start that we just could not overcome," UH head coach Vince Jarrett said in a release. "(Jordan Irwin and Pablo Acuna) got into trouble on the fourth hole when they found the water on a par-four hole. 

As a team, it's tough to overcome when your top guys don't shoot a low (score)."

The Cougars' top golfers in the final round were Ricky Romano, Todd Bissenden and Jackie Lindsey. Romano was Houston's top performer for the tournament, finishing in a three-way tie for sixth place after shooting a one-over-par with a three-day total of 217. 

Bissenden had a three-day total of nine-over-par score of 225, which left him tied for 31st place. 

Lindsey completed the tournament at 17-over-par and finished in 54th place. 

"Our three, four and five guys had fantastic days," Jarrett said. "Todd did his job (by) shooting a two-over-par. Ricky struck the ball well again and Jackie played really well."
 

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