Houston holds off SMU to win Conference USA title

Houston's men's team after winning the Conference USA title on April 23.

Houston's men's team after winning the Conference USA title on April 23.

Men's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Joey GarberGeorgia  68.65 
2Robby SheltonAlabama  68.65 
3Patrick RodgersStanford  68.71 
4Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  68.85 
5Cameron WilsonStanford  69.10 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Alabama 68.97 
2Georgia Tech 69.68 
3Georgia 69.68 
4Oklahoma State 69.77  10 
5California 69.86  11 

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Houston, No. 26 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 3-over 291 Tuesday at Texarkana (Ark.) Country Club to win its first Conference USA title since 2001.

The Cougars finished at 7-under 857 (286-280-291), three shots better than No. 20 SMU. The two teams were tied after 36 holes, but SMU shot 294 in the final round. UCF, No. 53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished third at 1 under after shooting a final-round 287.

Houston’s Roman Robledo, No. 120 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, made birdie on Nos. 16 and 18 to win the individual title by two shots. He finished at 8-under 208 (72-65-71), two shots better SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau, who led Robledo by one shot after 36 holes. Robledo shot a bogey-free 65 in the second round. It was the low round of the tournament by three shots.

DeChambeau shot a final-round 74 after opening with consecutive 68s. He returned to 8 under par in the final round with a birdie at the par-5 12th, but bogeyed the next two holes before parring in.

Dechambeau, No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, bogeyed the first hole, but responded with an eagle at the par-5 second. He made birdie on No. 4 to reach 10 under par, but made five bogeys and one birdie the rest of the way.

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