Three Named WGCA All-American Scholars

July 3, 2018

HOUSTON – University of Houston Women’s Golfers Megan Thothong, Leonie Harm and Amanda Elich became the latest Cougars to earn postseason honors when they were named Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars on Tuesday.

Thothong, who received her bachelor’s degree in marketing in May, capped her academic career with a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average. Harm, who will be a senior in 2018-19, has recorded a 3.62 GPA in biochemical biophysical sciences, while Elich has posted a 3.64 GPA in accounting.

All three helped lead the Cougar to their second American Athletic Conference Championships in the last three seasons in late April.

Thothong was named a WGCA All-American Scholar for the fourth straight season, while Harm collected the honor for the second straight year. Elich made her debut on the list.

This marked the second straight season in which three Cougars were named WGCA All-American Scholars and the fourth straight season that Houston was represented on the team.

The Houston trio was part of more than 1,000 women’s collegiate golfers to earn the prestigious honor. To be selected for the Team, student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.

ABOUT Megan Thothong
Thothong finished her collegiate career in 2017-18 as Houston Women’s Golf’s most decorated student-athlete. She was a two-time All-American Athletic Conference selection and captured the UNF Collegiate individual championship in consecutive years.

She became the first Cougar in program history to compete in four NCAA Regionals and four American Athletic Conference Championships during her career. Thothong finished as the program’s career leader with two tournament titles, 9,801 strokes, 132 rounds and 16 Top-10- finishes.

Off the course, Thothong was a four-time WGCA All-American Scholar and a four-time member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. She also received The American Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award in 2016-17

ABOUT Leonie Harm
Harm enjoyed one of the finest seasons by an individual in program history. The Gerlingen, Germany, was honored as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year after posting a 72.84 scoring average with seven Top-10 finishes in 13 tournaments.

She posted a school-record 65 in the Final Round at the NCAA Austin Regional and earned the final individual position at the NCAA Championships after winning on the seventh hole of a playoff that took nearly two hours to complete.

Harm competed at the NCAA Championships for the second time during her career, making her the only Cougar to date to compete in the nation’s premier collegiate event.

On Saturday, she captured the title at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Hillside Golf Club in Southport, U.K. With that, she earned a position in the starting field of the Ricoh British Women’s Open set for Aug. 2-5 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club Golf Links in Lancashire, England and will become the first student-athlete in program history to compete in a major championship.

ABOUT Amanda Elich
Elich (pronounced E-Litch) competed as a sophomore with the Cougars during the 2017-18 season. The West Linn, Ore., native competed in nine tournaments and tied for 10th at the LSU Tiger Classic with a score of 226.

She was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for the second straight season.

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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.

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