Sept. 9, 2013
BRYAN, Texas - Competing for the first time in school history, the University of Houston Women's Golf team placed two of their three competitors among the top 20 following the first round of Texas A&M's "Mo"Morial Invitational at The Traditions.
Taking the first shot in Houston Women's Golf history on the 6,206-yard, par 72 Traditions Club course, junior Courtney Ferguson birdied her first hole in the Scarlet and White and ended the first day in a tie for 11th at 73. Sophomore Raegan Bremer was tied for 16th with a 74, while freshman Emily Gilbreth tied for 60th with an 82.
"All in all, I was really pleased from the start," said first-year head coach Gerrod Chadwell, who joined the Cougars from Oklahoma. "
A Houston native and transfer from Oklahoma State, Ferguson started the program on a bright note with a perfect drive and approach shot and capped the 375-yard, par-4 first hole with a birdie. It was one of four birdies in her round.
"That was a big challenge for Courtney, but she was excited to have the honor to take the first shot in program history," Chadwell said. "You could not have written a better script with a kid from the Houston area, not missing either shot and playing the hole perfectly. I walked all day with her, and she was in control of her ball all day."
Ferguson eventually rose as high as second place at -1 late in the round but suffered two late bogeys to settle for a 73.
Bremer, who joined the Cougars after transferring from UC Davis, played a steady round throughout the day with 14 pars and was tied for 16th.
With all the history from the first day finished, Chadwell was quick to remind his team about the remaining two days of this event.
"We've talked about all the first-evers, but this is the first round of many to come, this season and beyond. There is still a lot of golf to be played. Scores are high here, and fans don't understand how tough this course is. We have two more rounds before we are finished here."
Texas A&M led the team standings with a score of 290, four strokes ahead of Kentucky and six strokes in front of UCF. Virginia (298) and East Carolina (299) rounded out the top-five team leaders.
Because the Cougars are only competing with three student-athletes, they are not eligible for the team championship.
Kentucky's Haley Mills stood atop the individual leaderboard with a 70, one stroke better than five other players.
The second round of the "Mo"Morial Invitational will tee off at 9 a.m., Tuesday with the final round starting at 8 a.m., Wednesday.
All three Cougars will tee off at 9:54 a.m., Tuesday. Ferguson and Bremer will compete in the same threesome and start off No. 1, while Gilbreth will begin off No. 10.
Following the "Mo"Morial Invitational, the Cougars will compete at the Cardinal Cup, hosted by Louisville, on Sept. 16-17, in Louisville, Ky.
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