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Volume 68, Issue 3, Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Sports
 

Golf team has sights set on 17th NCAA title

By Brad Sebastian
The Daily Cougar

Golf head coach Mike Dirks recognizes the UH program is special, but he would rather focus on continuing that winning tradition than talk about
the past.

"We're not selling the 16 national championships (to recruits)," Dirks said. "We let them know about (our history) and you see the names in the
Hall of Honor. But people want to know what you've done lately. And we've had a good run lately. We're more concerned about what we're going
to do this season, rather than the past."

Under Dirk's command, the Cougars have won five straight Conference USA championships, finished in the top 10 in the NCAA Championships
four times and continue to turn out All-American golfers.

With virtually all of his players returning this season, Dirks, now entering his ninth year as head coach, said he is hopeful this year's squad of
experienced golfers will be able to go to the next level and challenge for more than a conference championship.

"We certainly have the talent to win a national championship," Dirks said. "There's just a lot of parity in college golf today. We'll see how (the
players) come back from the summer. We challenged each of them to get better."

Simon Robinson looks to be the senior leader of this season's team. Robinson, who is from Hartlepool, England, has enjoyed a standout
collegiate career that includes several top-10 finishes and a Conference USA All-Tournament Team selection in 2001.

Junior Brad McIntosh is another upperclassman who should be primed for a standout year. McIntosh won the Conference USA Tournament
Individual Championship as a freshman in 2001.

Dirks said he also expects native Houstonian Scott Ferguson to take his game to the next level in his junior season. Ferguson recently
underwent eye surgery that could prove beneficial to his game.

"I think he had some problems seeing. Especially around the greens and seeing the definition of greens for reading putts," Dirks said. "But he's
a solid player. He hits it down the fairway and he hits lots of greens. He just needs to start dropping in a few more putts."

The other upperclassmen include seniors Chris Cureton, Brett Callas and John Wine, junior Kevin Hermis and sophomore Daniel Angensheidt.
They will be joined by freshmen Zach Mowbray and Kevin Newman.

Fall schedule

Sept. 14-15: Ridges Intercollegiate Tournament (Johnson City, Tenn.)

Sept. 16-17: Sooner Invitational (Dallas)

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Windon Memorial Classic (Chicago)

Oct. 21-22: Duke Classic (Durham, N.C.)

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