COLUMBUS, Ohio --The University of Houston Women's Golf program stood in 14th place following the First Round of the NCAA Columbus Regional on Monday afternoon.
A frost delay pushed the starting time for the First Round 90 minutes on Monday. As the Cougars teed off from No. 10, temperatures stood in the mid-40s with considerable wind gusts at times throughout the day. Houston went on to post a team score of 323 through the first 18 holes.
Sophomore Leonie Harm, who led the Cougars a year ago at the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, posted the team's low round of the day with a 77 on the 6,416-yard Scarlet Course at Ohio State Golf Club. The Gerlingen, Germany, native was tied for 23rd.
Making her NCAA Regionals debut, junior Allie Andersen led the Cougars with two birdies in Monday's First Round and was tied for 52nd at 80. Junior Megan Thothong was tied for 65th at 81, while fellow juniors Ivon Reijers and Courtney Tibiletti were tied for 84th at 85.
No. 4 Florida held the first-day lead with a score of 297 to finish two strokes ahead of No. 5 Florida State. No. 27 Purdue and No. 29 Ohio State were tied for third at 302 with No. 21 Texas A&M in fifth at 308. No. 13 Arkansas (309), No. 12 South Carolina (309), No. 37 San Jose State (310), No. 33 Michigan (312) and No. 20 Colorado (313) rounded out the top-10 leaders.
Purdue's Marta Martin Garcia stood atop the individual leaderboard as the only player to break par in the First Round at 2-under 70. Wisconsin's Gabby Curtis and Florida State's Morgane Metraux were tied for second at 72, while Maddie Szeryk (Texas A&M), Jaclyn Lee (Ohio State) and Marta Perez (Florida) were tied for fourth at 73.
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For the Second Round, the Cougars will compete in groups with Missouri State and Delaware, beginning at 7:24 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday off No. 10.
Tibiletti is scheduled to start the day for the Cougars at 7:24 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday with Reijers (7:33 a.m. CDT), Thothong (7:42 a.m. CDT), Andersen (7:51 a.m. CDT) and Harm (8 a.m. CDT) following.
NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
This marks the third straight season in which the Cougars will compete in NCAA Regional play.
A year ago, the Cougars finished seventh at the NCAA Baton Rouge and fell only two strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in school history.
Harm tied for seventh at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and competed as the 2016 NCAA Championships as an individual, the first Cougar representative to compete at the nation's top collegiate meet.
The top six teams and the top three individuals not on those teams advance to the NCAA Championships on May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
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