Oct. 15, 2012
HOUSTON - For the first time in more than a decade, the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will welcome another sports program with the addition of Women's Golf for the 2013-14 season.
Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades made the announcement Monday afternoon after the program addition was approved by the UH Board of Regents during its recent October meeting.
Women's Golf will feature two student-athletes competing as individuals at tournaments during the 2013-14 season with the first complete team debuting during the 2014-15 campaign. Women's Golf will be the 17th program sponsored by the Athletics Department and the first addition since Softball, which has made six NCAA postseason appearances since joining in 2001.
With the addition, Jonathan Dismuke, who is in his fourth season as head coach of Houston's men's team, will become Director of Golf and oversee both programs. Current men's assistant coach Chris Hill will be promoted to Associate Head Coach for the men's team, while Rhoades and Dismuke conduct a national search for the women's Associate Head Coach.
"We are excited to announce the addition of women's golf as our 17th sports program to our growing athletics department. When you look at the history of our golf program and the affinity for the sport of golf in the city of Houston, it is a perfect fit for the University of Houston to sponsor this sport," Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "With the recent construction of the Dave Williams Golf Academy and the beautiful, world-class experience at Redstone Golf Club, we cannot wait to see our future women's golfers hit the course and provide us with another avenue of success."
"Women's Golf will be an outstanding addition to our Athletics Department. Every time I speak publicly, one of the first questions I am asked is about adding women's golf, so we are excited to welcome this program," Dismuke said. "With the tremendous amount of talent in the greater Houston area and the construction of the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club, I am confident our women's team will be successful immediately and in the years to come."
Dismuke and Hill will begin work immediately on recruiting the first Houston Women's Golf student-athletes, who will compete as individuals at tournaments during the 2013-14 season. The Cougars will field their first complete team during the 2014-15 campaign.
With the recent construction of the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club, Houston Women's Golf will immediately share a first-class home facility with the Men's team. The $500,000 facility, which officially opened in late August, houses four indoor/outdoor hitting bays with the latest technology, including a Launch Monitor and SAM PuttLab.
The Cougars are the only school in the state of Texas that enjoys a practice facility/home course that annually hosts a PGA TOUR event.
The University of Houston Men's Golf program is heralded as one of the most successful in NCAA history. During its history, the Cougars have won 16 NCAA team national championships with eight student-athletes winning NCAA individual national titles. Houston has won nearly 400 tournaments in its history with numerous All-Americans and award-winners.