SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Four University of Houston Women’s Golfers posted par or lower during Monday’s Second Round to lead the Cougars into a tie for fourth at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
All five Cougars equaled or fired a lower score from Sunday’s First Round on Monday morning with junior Leonie Harm’s 69 leading Houston on the 6,450-yard course. With their impressive play, the Cougars recorded a team score of 6-under 282 to move into a tie for fourth with Denver at 577 through 36 holes.
Starting on No. 1, Harm drained birdies in a two-hole stretch on No. 3 and No. 5 and closed our her front nine with four straight pars. After opening her back nine with two more pars, she endured her first bogey of the day on No. 12 but regained the shot with a birdie on No. 13.
Harm rallied from her final bogey of the day on No. 14 to sink back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16-17 to finished with a 69 and surged into a tie for ninth at 2-under 142.
Senior Megan Thothong drained four birdies in her Second Round on Monday, sinking two on the final four holes of her front nine. The Dallas native added consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-14 to join Harm in a tie for ninth at 142.
Senior Courtney Tibiletti used a steady effort throughout Monday’s play to post her first sub-par round of the young season. The Huntsville, Texas, native enjoyed a birdie on No. 7 and rallied from a bogey at No. 12 to make birdie on her final hole of the day and move into a tie for 21st at 146.
Junior Maddy Rayner finished her Second Round with an even-par 72 after sinking three birdies, including two in a four-hole stretch midway through her back nine. The Southlake, Texas, native moved into a tie for 28th at 147.
Senior Allie Andersen was tied for 53rd at 152.
Arkansas held the team lead at 22-under 554 after posting a score of 273 Monday. TCU stood in second at 572, while Texas A&M finished the Second Round in third at 575. Following the Cougars, Maryland (583), Oklahoma (585), Auburn (587), Kansas State (588) and host UTSA (591) rounded out the top-10 leaders.
Individually, Kansas State’s Connie Jaffrey and TCU’s Emmy Marin were tied atop the leaderboard at 7-under 137. Maddie Szeryk (Texas A&M) and Arkansas’ Cara Gorlei were tied for third at 138.
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The Cougars close out the tournament with an 8:45 a.m., shotgun start Tuesday.
Following the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational, the Cougars tee off at the Trinity Forest Invitational on Oct. 30-31 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.
From there, the team concludes its fall season when it tees off at the Baylor Invitational, hosted at Club Campestre San Jose in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico on Nov. 3-5.
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