Spring is the best time of the year for college golf. Not only do you get to miss 87 days of school, but, it’s time for post-season play! Your Houston Cougars finally return to the AAC Championships, after having not competed in them the last 2 years ('20 Covid, '21 Covid Protocol) at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooskville, FL (north of Tampa).
This years iteration will have 5 teams ranked inside the top 25 (per Golfweek). Clear favorite is USF, followed by SMU, then your Houston Cougars. Speaking of the Coogs, this spring has been up and down. The Coogs managed to win an event in February, and followed with some decent finishes in some top events (Cabo & Valpsar). The team is starting to peak, as evident with 2 top 10 finishes at the Aggie Invite last week.
The Coogs success will be dependent on a few things. We’ve got to have 2 guys in the top 10 to win. Frances has played great all year, and Wochner has shown he can go well. Watkins is a mudder, so if conditions get dicey, look for him to sneak up there. The biggest Achilles heel for the Coogs is going to be the 4th score taken. In order to win, we’ve got to avoid taking a big number - think 75 or higher.
The best news is that regardless of the outcome, your Houston Cougars should receive a bid to regionals! Let’s Go, Coogs!
A breakdown of the team rankings and highest ranked player per team is as follows:
|USF||28||70.61||10||71.17 (32)||Albin Bergstrom||17|
|SMU||42||70.73||9||71.02 (25)||Noah Godwin||41|
|Houston||58||71.04||10||71.14 (28)||Alex Frances||124|
|Cincinnati||68||71.24||11||72.06 (87)||Sam Jean||184|
|UCF||71||71.38||9||72.22 (101)||Johnny Tavale||169|
|Memphis||88||71.81||8||71.94 (79)||Tyran Sanders||131|
|ECU||126||72.70||10||72.27 (103)||Stephen Carroll||447|
|Wichita St.||147||73.05||9||73.36 (157)||Dawson Lewis||497|
|Navy||251||75.59||7||73.94 (187)||Chad Deegan||905|