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Houston settling in as key contributor at Penn State


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Gilford's Chris Houston closed out the fall portion of his golf schedule at Penn State last month. Courtesy photo - Penn State Athletics. (click for larger version)
November 18, 2013
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. It was a busy summer and fall for Gilford's Chris Houston, as the Gilford High School alum (Class of 2012) qualified and competed at the U.S. Amateur Championship before returning to Division I Penn State University (Big Ten Conference) for his sophomore season.

In the fall portion of the Penn State schedule, Houston competed in four of his team's five events for a total of 12 rounds. He averaged rounds of 75.92, good enough for fifth-best on the roster as the Nittany Lions finished off the fall schedule on Oct. 22 with the Georgetown Intercollegiate Tournament in Beallsville, Md. The spring schedule begins with Big Ten Match Play on Feb. 14 in Bradenton, Fla., and the Big Ten Championships kick off May 2 in French Lick, Ind.

The Nittany Lions' best finish during the fall came in the Wolverine Intercollegiate Tournament Sept. 16-17 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the squad took fourth on Day 1 and sixth on Day 2 out of 11 teams.

Penn State finished eighth in the season-opening Gopher Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. Houston was the third-best finisher on the roster over the three rounds, as his total of 74-72-75 221 put him +8 and tied for 30th out of 64 total golfers.

In the Wolverine tourney, Houston saved his best for last, as he carded a 71 in the third round to go along with rounds of 76 and 78 for a 225 (+12).

Houston was again third-best on the roster in the Windon Memorial Classic (Ill.) Sept. 22-23, as he shot 76-79-73 for a total of 228. That total of 228 put him +12, finishing in a tie for 57th out of 87 players from 16 teams.

Houston, who won an unprecedented four consecutive NHIAA Division III state championships during his time at GHS, closed out his fall in the Georgetown Intercollegiate, as his three-round totals of 76-82-79 put him at 237, fifth on the Nittany Lions.

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