Cougars Compete at NCAA Columbus Regional

April 27, 2017

HOUSTON – For the third consecutive season, the University of Houston Women’s Golf program will compete in the postseason when it tees off at the NCAA Columbus Regional.

The Cougars will play as the No. 11 seed on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State Golf Club. The three-day, 54-hole Regional begins May 8 with 18 holes scheduled each day through May 10.

Started for the 2013-14 season under Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell, the Cougars have competed in NCAA postseason play every season in which the team was eligible to do so.

Houston was one of 72 teams and 24 individuals invited to compete at four NCAA Regional sites across the country. 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.

In addition to the NCAA Columbus Regional, 54 other teams earned bids to compete at the UNM Championship Course (Albuquerque, N.M.); The Rawls Course (Lubbock, Texas) and University of Georgia Golf Course (Athens, Ga.).

This season, the Cougars have posted three top-five team finishes, including third-place showing at the American Championships (April 16-18) and MountainView Collegiate (March 10-12).

Sophomore Leonie Harm leads the Cougars with a 72.37 scoring average, 14 rounds of par or better and five rounds in the 60s. The Gerlingen, Germany, native captured the title at the Texas State Invitational – the first of her career – on Feb. 13-14 and has earned a team-best five top-10 finishes this season.

Junior Allie Andersen stands second on the team with a 74.46 average and 10 rounds of par or better. The Woodlands, Texas, native tied for fifth at the Clemson Invitational on March 31-April 2)

The Cougars took their first step in the postseason with a third-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships on April 16-18 on the Conservatory Course at Hammock Beach Golf & Spa Resort. It was the third straight season in which Houston finished among the Championships’ top-three leaders.

Sophomore Leonie Harm finished with a score of 4-under 212, including a school-record-tying 66 in the First Round, finish third, while junior Megan Thothong posted a score of 214 to finish sixth.

It marked the second time in school history that Houston placed two Cougars among the top-six leaders, joining Yuka Kajiki and Raegan Bremer at the 2015 Championships.

This marks the third 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.

Fans are invited to join The P.A.R. 4 Club to support Houston Women’s Golf. P.A.R. 4 Club members provide financial support directly to Houston Women’s Golf for needs beyond the program’s operating budget.

Fans who join the P.A.R. 4 Club can begin receiving benefits for as little as $100 annually.

To join the P.A.R. 4 Club, fans can call 713-743-9417 or email gchadwel@central.uh.edu. For more information about the P.A.R. 4 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarWGolf on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook page at HoustonCougarWomensGolf.



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