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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19546.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19546

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Transcript Couples learns to master the MASTERS In Augusta Georgia, Fred Couples became the fourth former UH golfer in 14 years to win the most prestigious tournament in professional golf, the Masters. Couples is considered by many to be the best golfer in the world today. Of the former Cougars to have won the Masters, he is the only one to graduate. Nick Faldo, who one back-to-back Masters in '89 and '90, played only the 75-76 season while Fuzzy Zoeller, who one the title in 79, played only the 72-73 season. Couples, who played here from 79-'80, finished with a four day total of 13 under par, 275, two strokes ahead of 76 Masters champion Ray Hoyd. The win gave Couples a $270,000 paycheck, access to a section of the Augusta National clubhouse that is reserved for Masters champions, and use of the green blazer, which has become almost as big as the Masters itself. Couples was the first American to win the tournament in five years. Several UH-exes played in this year's Shell Hous- tonOpen,indudingBlaineMcCallister,BillyRayBrown (who came in third), and favored Couples, unfortunately, the tournament went to University of Maryland-ex Fred Funk. Despite the many PGA wins the UH alumni have racked up lately (four alone to Couples in the first half of '92), no Cougar has ever taken the Houston Open. Golf is one of the richest traditions in Cougar athletics. From 1952 to the present, 16 Cougar golf teams have won National Championships, all under Coach Dave Williams, one of the winningest coaches in College athletics. Eight former Cougar players have one individual NCAA championships, including current cx>ach,KeithFergus,Mahaff:eyandBrown.-JasonLuiher JL red Couples joined the ranks of Golfs Elite bv winning the Masters in 1992. The UH graduate is one of many successful golfers to come out of our school. Photo by Greg Watson. Nantz uses UH experience to WORK Wh his way to the top at CBS hen 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples weekends,hosted theGuy LewisShowon KI >RC, put on the traditional green jacket, perhaps no and the Jackie Sherrill Show for Texas A&M, as one was feeling more emotion and pride than well as PA. for the Cougars, the man standing right beside him, Couples' "WhileI wasdoingthecall-inshow, we former suitemate and golfing teammate at UH, were up against Oiler games and SWC k x rtball, Jim Nantz. and we'd go four hours with only two phone Nantz, is one of CBS's announcers, and calls," said Nantz. "Finally ['d get my buddies hosted coverage of the Masters and the post- ftomthedonnstostartcallingmeupandcliange tournament award ceremony. their voices around. It anally taught me how to "It was a moment that I didn't know how I was going to handle," Nantz said. "1 was afraid I might break down and cry. We used to hang around Taub Hall together; it was a great thrill for me." Nantz, who was given the 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award, said his memories of UH aren't all as pleasant as the ones of he and Couples hanging out at Taub. Namely, nu- merousbadmealsatOB Qu'fflrsports ad-lib and improvise." A network affiliate in Salt Like City contactedNantzinl982aboutajobasan anchor for KSL-TV. Not wanting to leave I loustonfora much smaller market, Nantz went just to get interview experience. But Nantz Found that KSLwasoneof the highest rated stations in the country and decided the job might be a good move, and with all the jobs he had in Houston, it might be good to get a ts with CBS'Jim Nantz. photo by Greg Watson cafeteria. "I crawled to the infirmary one time after an unpleasant dinner at OB," Nantz said. Nantz came to UH in 1978 to play on the Cougar golf team, hoping to one day become a pro, but golf was not to be Nantz's call to fame. His memories of his short golf career are about as pleasant as his memories of cafeteria food. "My golf career was highlighted by one tournament," Nantz said. '1 qualified in the last position, and I was under after the front nine, not going to take a guy from Salt Lake City/" he leading Couples, Blaine McCallister, Ray Barr said. day off. In Utah, Nantz was bombarded with job offers from around the country but they didn't offer the play-by-play assignments like he was doing for the Utah Jazz and BYU. In August 1985, Nantz was invited by CBS to audition for the network's college football studio show in New York. Nantz said he really didn't expect anything to come out of the trip. "I thought, 'they're and John Home by three shots, but heading into the easiest stretch on the course, I cold-shanked my tee shot right into a bayou. That was the turning point of my life." After the first score happened to be a Houston win over Texas, Nantz breezed through the rest of the audition, knowing he had the job. Nantz has covered college basketball Afterfailingtomakeanothercut,Nantz and professional golf. Nantz covered the Winter ditched the professional golfing dream in lieu of Olympics in Alberville, France, the Cotton Bowl a shot at broadcasting. "The whole thing got started by doing publicaddrcssattheCougar basketball games," Nantz said. While taking 18 hours in his senior year at UH, Nantz hosted a sports call-in show on KTRH,workedatKHOU-TVfor$25-a-showon 164 Sports and the NCAA Final Four. You would think this kind of success would give almost any guy a big head. But not Nantz. He even seemed a little nostalgic about his days at Houston. But not about cafeteria food. -Jason Luther 165 iuccesfulGolfers