Men's countdown: No. 17 Houston
We are counting down the top 30 men's teams heading into the fall college season.
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2012-13 Golfweek ranking: 26
Go-to guy: Junior Roman Robledo
Season outlook: The Cougars have been on a definite upward trend in four seasons under head coach Jonathan Dismuke, rising from No. 144 in 2008-09 before his arrival to No. 125, No. 105, No. 64 and finally No. 26 last season. With every starter back from last season’s squad that tied for sixth at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, one spot away from a berth in the NCAA Championship, Houston is primed to make a run at the NCAA finals this year.
The Cougars will be led by junior Roman Robledo, the Conference USA medalist last season. Also returning are sophomore Vincent Martino and seniors Curtis Reed, Kyle Pilgrim and Wesley McClain, giving Dismuke experience and consistency throughout his lineup. Robledo’s 73.21 scoring average leads six returnees, including senior Bryn Flanagan, who had scoring averages of 73.94 or below and competed in seven or more events.
Senior James Ross, whom Dismuke said was his second-best player two years ago, also is back after redshirting last season. And expect freshman Matt Scobie of Canada, runner-up at the 2013 Canadian Junior and a semifinalist at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur, to push the upperclassmen for playing time.