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Coogs Finish 3rd in AAII

Matt Scobie
Matt Scobie

The UH men’s team finished 3rd in the All America Intercollegiate Invitational (AAII) at Golf Club of Houston this weekend. After holding the first round lead, UH slipped to second after two rounds and finished behind the top ranked teams in the field, Baylor and Vanderbilt.

Leading the Coogs was Michael Perras, who finished the tournament at -4 with rounds of 73-70-69 – tying for 7th. Matt Scobie (69-71-75) and Papito Gonzalez (70-73-72) both finished at 215 (-1). Matt Williams (71-73-72) and George Gardner (75-73-68), playing as an individual, both finished at even par 216. Emmett Oh completed play at +3 and Zach Tracy at +4.

 

AAII Final Results
      AAII Final Results

 

1st Round: Delays

Papito Gonzalez led off for the Coogs and fired a solid 70 – including 33 on the back – in the first round. He was the only Cougar to complete his first round on Friday. The day’s action was marred by a lengthy rain delay; UH’s golfers finished between 7 and 10 holes before the rain delay and most were able to finish 6-7 more after. The delay forced most of the Coogs to complete their rounds on Saturday. When play was suspended on Friday, UH held a five-shot lead with 3 players in the Top 10:

 

 

Soggy Saturday

The Saturday restart upended the Coogs. Heading out on a soggy course, the Houston players faced the tough finishing holes at GCOH. Michael Perras had an uncharacteristic finish: he went double bogey, par, double bogey to turn a -3 under round into a 73. Matt Williams was -3 before the rain delay but struggled after; he bogeyed 16 and 17 to shoot 71. The bright-spot in the Saturday morning finish was Matt Scobie, who went birdie-birdie to vault into 2nd place.

Saturday’s 2nd round began with lift, clean & place through the fairway and saw the scoring heat up for teams like Baylor and Vandy. Unfortunately, a steady round of 1-under by the Coogs dropped the Houston into 3rd place. Perras (70) and Scobie (71) went under par while Papito and Williams both shot 73s – totaling the one-under 287. Seven teams went lower than UH on the day – including Baylor’s school-record 268 – leaving the Coogs in 3rd. Zach Tracy, playing as an individual, was the low Cougar with a bogey-free 69.

 

Solid Sunday

On Sunday, the UH players picked up their play and fired their lowest round of the AAII – a six-under 282. Perras and Emmett Oh both carded 69s while Matt Williams and Papito Gonzalez shot even-par 72s. Papito shot 33 on the front nine – his second-straight 33. UH finished 16 shots behind winner Baylor and 11 shots behind top-ranked Vanderbilt but was able to hold off #39 South Carolina (by 7) and #21 Auburn by 10 shots. George Gardner continued to improve his position and shot UH’s lowest score of the week, a bogey-free 68.

 

NEWS AND NOTES:  Matt Scobie led the field with 14 birdies … Perras was just behind with 13 birdies (T-5th) … UH was 2nd in birdies with 57 … Houston was -8 on the par 4s and -9 on the par 5s — both good for 3rd … Coogs struggled on par 3s finishing +14 on them – tying for 15th in the field … Michael Perras led the field in par 4 scoring at -5 … Perras was also -4 in par 5 scoring … Papito Gonzalez was -4 on par 4s, tying for 6th … UH individuals Zach Tracy and George Gardner were the models of consistency – Tracy finished T-4 in pars with 41 and Gardner had 39 (T-11) …

Scobie birdied #8 all three days … Perras birdied #12 all 3 days … Emmett Oh had a 9 on the 4th hole on Saturday – he bounced back with a birdie on Sunday, a five-shot swing … Oh also eagled the 8th hole Sunday. He played the hole -3 for the weekend … Coogs played the 8th hole in -11 and the 12th hole in -9 for the week … UH first hosted the AAII in 1955 … Through many different formats, UH has won over 60 team titles in the event.

 

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