Sept. 16, 2013
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Raegan Bremer and junior Courtney Ferguson each finished the first day with a score of 148 to tie for 16th and lead the University of Houston Women's Golf team at the Cardinal Cup.
Playing 36 holes Monday on the 6,253-yard, par-72 layout at Louisville's Cardinal Club, Ferguson started the day with a 1-under-par 71 for the lowest 18-hole total in the young history of Houston Women's Golf. Bremer finished the first round with an impressive even-par 72, giving the Cougars two top-five leaders after the first round.
Ferguson, who is a Houston native, played almost flawlessly in the opening round. Starting on No. 16, she parred her first four holes before suffering a setback with a bogey on the 159-yard, par-3 third hole. However, that would be her lone blemish on her scorecard.
She opened No. 10 and No. 11 with back-to-back birdies and closed out the round with four consecutive pars. Her 71 topped her own 73 in last weekend's season-opening "Mo"Morial Invitational at Texas A&M as the lowest round in Houston history.
Bremer finished her first round with three birdies, including two in her final five holes for 72. That total would have ranked as the lowest in school history until Ferguson finished her round Monday.
As the day went on, scores went up for all competitors. Ferguson finished her second round with three birdies, while Bremer drained three birdies during a seven-hole stretch on the front nine.
Louisville holds the team lead after the first day with a score of 567, 14 strokes ahead of Kansas. Louisville "B" (584), Chattanooga (594) and Cincinnati (602) rounded out the top-five team leaders.
Louisville's Laura Restrepo stood atop the individual leaderboard at 7-under-par 137. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn of Kansas was second at 140, while Louisville teammates Emily Haas (141) and Emily Kurey (143) came in third and fourth, respectively.
The tournament concludes with the final 18 holes, beginning with an 8:40 a.m., Tuesday shotgun start. Ferguson and Bremer will compete in the same threesome, teeing off No. 15 Tuesday. Fans can follow live scoring at GolfStat by following the appropriate links or click here.
With only four team members in 2013-14, the Cougars will not be eligible for team titles at any tournaments in which they compete.
Houston will field a complete team for the 2014-15 season.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Cougars following the Cardinal Cup. The team returns to action this weekend at the Lady Paladin Invitational. That tournament begins Friday morning at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
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