HOUSTON – University of Houston Women’s Golf sophomore Leonie Harm was named to the 10-woman All-American Athletic Conference Team, the league announced Friday afternoon.
This was her first conference postseason award.
Harm leads the Cougars with a 72.37 scoring average, 14 rounds of par or better and five rounds in the 60s this season. Competing in her second season at Houston, she opened the spring by capturing 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.
On March 10, she set a school record by two strokes with a 66 in the First Round at the MountainView Collegiate at MountainView Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. She went on to tie that record with a 66 in the Second Round at the Clover Cup on March 18 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., and in the First Round at The American Championships on April 16 on the Conservatory Course at Hammock Beach Golf & Spa Resort.
This kind of success is nothing new for Harm. After joining the Cougars for the 2016 spring season as a freshman, the Gerlingen, Germany, native established herself as a team leader.
She tied for ninth at the 2016 American Championships with a score of 225 and turned in the Cougars’ low round of that tournament with a 69 in the Second Round.
Harm opened the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with a 69 and finished with a score of 1-under 215 to tie for seventh. With that total, she qualified as an individual for the 2016 NCAA Championships and became Houston Women’s Golf’s first representative to the nation’s top collegiate tournament.
UCF’s Ashley Holder was a unanimous selection by the conference’s head coaches for Player of the Year, while teammate Maria Balcazar was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. UCF’s Emily Marron was honored as the Coach of the Year.
Harm was joined on the All-Conference Team by Balcazar, Holder, Ayaka Nakayama (UCF), Michaela Fletcher (Memphis), Brigitte Dunne (SMU), Lindsey McCurdy (SMU), Kenzie Wright (SMU) and Greta Bruner (Tulsa).
Harm and the Cougars will play at the NCAA Columbus Regional 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.
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.
It marked the third straight season that Houston was selected for NCAA Regional play.
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