BROOKSVILLE, Florida. – University of Houston Junior Marcus Wochner posted a 2-under 70 in the American Athletic Conference Championship Finals to place second in the league’s postseason event for the second straight season at Southern Hills Plantation Club Sunday afternoon.

A year ago, the freshman Cougar tied for second with a score of 208 as a member of the Wichita State team. In 2022, he joined Run Youprayong of South Florida in a tie for second at 11 under 205.

As a team, the Cougars posted a par 288 score Sunday on the 7,274-yard, par-72 course and finished third in the final standings at 848. The No. 43 SMU won the team title with a score of 835, while South Florida’s No. 38 finished second with 844.

A native of Holte, Denmark, Wochner posted the Cougars’ low round of the day. He opened the day with 10 pars and a birdie on the par-3 third hole before coming back to par with his only bogey in the final round on the No. 12.

Wochner bounced back with back-to-back birdies to close out the tournament and record the Cougars’ best individual U.S. Championship result since Michael Perras earned medal honors at the 2017 U.S. Championships at Innisbrook Resort.

Make his U.S. Championship debut, junior Austyn Reily tied for fifth at 7 under 209.

Senior alexander frances tied for 22n/a at 218, when he was a senior Braxton Watkins and freshman in red shirt Jacob Borow tied for 28and at 220.

SMU’s Nathan Petronzio won the individual title at 13-under 203, while teammate Noah Goodwin was fourth at 207.

This marked the Cougars’ first appearance at the American Athletics Conference championships since 2019. The 2020 championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Cougars were forced to miss the 2021 tournament in because of their program protocols.

HOUSTON in CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

Houston Men’s Golf enjoys a rich history in conference championships. The Cougars have recorded 20 team conference titles with 21 individual medalists, dating back to 1951 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Cougars won the 2013 Conference USA Championship at Texarkana Country Club in 2013. Michael Perras is the most recent Cougar to win an individual conference championship title, earning medalist honors on the first hole of a playoff on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Coast, Florida on April 26-27, 2017.

In her last appearance at the American Athletic Conference Championships, Houston finished ninth on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. from April 21-23, 2019.

NEXT

Following the American Athletic Conference Championships, the Cougars will learn their NCAA playoff fate on the NCAA Draft Show, which airs at 3 p.m. May 4 on the Golf Channel.

Six NCAA regional championships will be held May 16-18 at one of six venues across the country. These sites include Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas; hosted by Texas A&M); Champion Course – PGA National Resort (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; hosted by Florida Atlantic); The course at Yale (New Haven, Conn.; hosted by Yale); The Reserve at Spanos Park (Stockton, CA; hosted by Pacific); Ol’ Colony Golf Complex (Tuscaloosa, Ala.; hosted by Alabama) and OSU Golf Club (Columbus, Ohio; hosted by Ohio State).

The top five teams and the lowest individual not on a progressing team will qualify to play in the NCAA Championships, which take place May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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