NEW ORLEANS – University of Houston senior Megan Thothong fired a 1-under 71 on Sunday to lead the Cougars during the First Round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship at English Turn Golf & Country Club.
As a team, the Cougars were tied with LSU for 12th with a score of 298 in a tournament field, which featured 10 top-50 programs.
Thothong started her day off No. 1 on the 6,239-yard, par-72 course with three straight pars before sinking her first birdie of the day on the 311-yard, par-4 fourth hole. She drained another birdie two holes later but suffered a double bogey on No. 9 to move back to even par.
After seven straight pars to open her back nine, the Dallas native made her third and final birdie of the day on the 157-yard, par-3 17th hole to join a group in a tie for ninth after the first day.
Florida held the first-day team lead with a score of 5-under 283. Michigan State stood in second at 284 with North Carolina (292), USC (293), NC State (294) and UCF (294) rounding out the top-six leaders.
UCF’s Kaeli Jones opened the tournament with a 66 and held the First-Round individual lead by one stroke over Michigan State’s Allyson Geer. Florida’s Sierra Brooks and NC State’s Cecily Overbey were tied for third at 69.
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SECOND ROUND on MONDAY
For Monday’s Second Round, the Cougars will compete in groups with student-athletes from Kansas and South Alabama.
Andersen begins the day for the Cougars at 9:45 a.m., Monday, off No. 10 with Tibiletti (9:54 a.m.), Elich (10:03 a.m.), Harm (10:12 a.m.) and Thothong (10:21 a.m.) following.
Following the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship, the Cougars play host to their own The Dickson on Feb. 26-27 at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas.
From there, Houston will compete at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on March 13-14 at Kaheohe Klipper Golf Club in Oahu, Hawai’i.
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