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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1997 - Athletics. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6374/show/6299.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1997 - Athletics. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6374/show/6299

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Title Houstonian 1997
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
Inscription The digitization and presentation of this yearbook was made possible by a gift from Ms. Lisa Burns in honor or her service as Houstonian editor.
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  • University of Houston
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Title Athletics
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Junior Jeff Burns contemplates his next shot and takes a few practice strokes. Burns finished fifth with a five over par performance at the Conference USA Championship. Photo Courtesy of: Sports Information A span of years running through the mid-80s were exceptionally prolific for UH golf . But in a blink of the public eye, the school all but forgot its team. This past season featured a promising group of athletes, a conference title and perhaps the seed for a resurgence of interest in the sport. 264 Athletics can turn on you like your gastro-intestinal organs after a four-alarm chili cook-off. Ask any Professional Golf Association pro whats the closest their heart has ever come to spontaneous combustion. They'll probably sit you down and tell you some sordid tale about the time they shanked a putt a nanometer too far to the left, down a steep slope and into the murky waters of such and such pond. For a 30-year period beginning in the 1950s, the University of Houston mens golf team dominated the country ~ taking 16 national titles and unleashing professional juggernauts like Fred Couples. The past decade, however, had been comparatively quiet. The Cougars hadn't had an outstanding class in some time, and hadn't excited the campus as they once did. But with a strong crop of golfers, a new conference and renewed national interest in the sport, 1996-97 had as much potential for a quick Cougars comeback as any season in recent memory. In the fall, coach Mike Dirks spoke optimistically about the Good Direction Mark Smith teams schedule, but admitted he would have to rely on junior Jeff Burns and sophomore Victor Schwamkrug to win a tournament. The team opened their fall schedule by finishing a lackluster 21 shots off the lead at the Tucker Intercollegiate. Junior Mike Brennan was the only golfer to shoot exceptionally well. From that point on, the Cougars steadily improved their game, finishing sixth at the Missouri Bluffs Tournament and getting sound individual performances throughout the lineup. The only major break in the good play came in Honolulu, where the team placed 17th at the John Burns Invitational ~ 57 shots off the lead. But by March Dirks team was surging again. They tied for third at the Louisiana Classic, and Schwamkrug won his first tournament with a one under par score at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. The Cougars teed off at their first Conference USA tournament on April 15, and the Cougars gave a near flawless performance. Schwamkrug continued his stellar play, ending up one shot behind the tournaments individual winner. Brennan placed third and Burns fifth. UH bettered the field by 15 strokes and earned their first major award in several years. The victory made them the third UH mens team to win a conference title in six months, and gave the team needed attention.