NEW FACES AROUND HOUSTON GOLF
4:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Among all the new faces with Houston Golf, we will have two new coaches joining Diz and me. We can finally shed "The shortest coaching staff in college golf" label.
Lucy Nunn is joining me to lead our Women's team! I have known Lucy for a few years and am very excited for what she will bring to our program. Lucy was a great player in high school and college at Arkansas and still plays at a very high level as an amateur. She just spent three years at the University of Kentucky as a coach and helped get their program back in postseason play. I know the girls and I will benefit from Lucy's knowledge and passion to help others!
I have known (Men's Associate Head Coach) Ryke (Dismuke) for close to 10 years now...and look forward to working with him! We have bounced a lot of ideas off each other over the years and now we can put some of them in play. Ryke has developed one of the best on-course strategies to approach greens that I have seen. It will impact both programs in an enormous fashion!
Now we have two Okies and two Dismukes on staff, and I am almost certain there has to be a law against that somewhere in this country! Nonetheless, I think it is a great recipe for success and am anxious to see the product going forward.
We wish Trip (Mary Michael Maggio) and (former Men's Associate Head Coach Chris) Hill all the best in their new colors.
Rags will be updating us on her trip to the US Amateur as she represents the COOGS!
FIRST ROUND IS IN THE BOOKS
12:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
University of Houston junior Raegan Bremer has finished her First Round at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. As of this writing, Raegan stood in a tie for 109th after posting a 5-over-par 75. Fans can check out her First Round scorecard below.
Competing in the Cougars' first U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and starting off No. 10, Raegan overcame a slow start that saw her fight through four bogeys and a double bogey.
Fortunately, the Anaheim, Calif., native rallied nicely on her back nine, the course's first nine holes. Although she posted a bogey on No. 1 , she rallied with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 and added another one on No. 7 before closing out her day with back-to-back pars.
Raegan will check in later this evening with her thoughts on Monday's First Round and what to expect in Tuesday's Second Round.
PRACTICE ROUNDS ARE OVER!
From Raegan Bremer
9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Today was my second practice round! I got another look at the course, and it was great! It rained a little this morning but nothing to0 dramatic. Living in So-Cal, I don't get to see rain very often, so I actually enjoyed it.
I got to play with fellow Californian Andrea Lee and Texas native Julie Beck. Julie plays for UT so we had plenty to talk about!
The club put on a Gatsb- themed party tonight for all the players and members. It was over the top and definitely entertaining! Nassau Country Club is exceeding all my expectations, and I am having a great time!
Tomorrow, I tee off rather early! Waking up at 5 will not be the highlight of the day, but I'm excited to get out on the course! My swing is feeling pretty good (knock on wood!), and I'm comfortable with the greens.
I can't wait to get out there and represent Houston tomorrow!
From Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell
8:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
It has been a busy couple weeks....
The last two weeks have been full of recruiting, preparation for the team to arrive and golf camp. I recently was in San Diego recruiting at the Callaway Junior World at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. This is truly one of my favorite places on earth!
This tournament is a great chance for us to watch juniors that will only play in the U.S. once a year at this event. Half of the field is from the U.S., and the other half is from countries all over the world. It is a great chance to watch future Coogs from different countries!!
Every time I visit San Diego the first place I stop is Las Olas Mexican restaurant in Cardiff By-The- Sea. It is a cool little spot right on the Pacific Ocean. Also, during my quick trip, Raegan's godfather Dan O'Shea treated me to his restaurant Donovan's! When we were with the team in San Diego this spring, Dan spoiled us with different things for Raegan's birthday! We had a birthday dinner at Donovan's and a cookout at his house to watch March Madness games. If you are ever in San Diego please dine at Donovan's....I promise you won't be disappointed! Take the time to ask for Victor. He will make sure your experience is one you won't forget!
As all good things come to an end, I returned to H-Town to a humid welcome! This past week was full of getting the girls' schedules finished, sorting our equipment and preparing things for Golf Camp. Class schedules are having the final touches put on them with AP classes getting posted, and (Associate AD Maria Peden) MC is putting the girls in their final classes. All of our apparel, luggage, balls and equipment are starting to roll in which makes it look a lot like Christmas around the Houston Golf equipment room.
We finished the week of with one of our summer golf camps! We had 14 hardworking junior golfers who took the time out of their summer to work with us! We saw lots of improvement from each junior in all areas of their game! We hope that they will take what was presented to them and continue to work on it! We hope to see them back at one of our camps in the near future! For more information about our great camps, click here
After a little more recruiting at Horseshoe Bay, Texas, I went home to see my family for the weekend as I won't see them until after the Fall season is over.... Until next time.....GO COOGS!
WHAT RAEGAN FACES
4:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
When junior Raegan Bremer tees off the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Monday morning, she will face the 6,297-yard, par-70 course at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. Fans can check out the course scorecard with the image below.
The USGA received more than 1,200 entries for the 2014 Women's Amateur Championship with a field of 156 players. Competitors will be 18 holes each day, Monday and Tuesday, with the low 64 advancing to match play on Wednesday.
This will be the third USGA championship at Nassau Country Club but the first in 100 years.
Admission to the U.S. Women's Amateur is free, and fans are encouraged to attend.
Emma Talley (Princeton, Ky.) survived a tough match with Yueer Cindy Feng (Orlando) to claim a 2-and-1 victory in the 36-hole championship match at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur conducted at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.).
For more 2014. U.S. Women's Amateur Championship quick facts, fans can click this link.
MEETING COUGARS EVERYWHERE
1:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
It was a small world for Houston star Raegan Bremer during Saturday's practice round at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.
She met and posed for a photo with Houston Men's Golf letterman John Leach, who competed for the Cougars during the 1964-65 season. Leach helped lead the Cougars to a pair of titles at the William H. Tucker at New Mexico Golf Club in Albuquerque, N.M., and was a member of the team that captured the 1965 NCAA national championship under legendary Head Coach Dave Williams.
Leach is caddying for his wife, Martha, at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship this week. Martha Leach (Hebron, Ky.) tees off at 1:10 p.m. (CDT), Monday, off No. 10 and at 8:10 a.m. (CDT), Tuesday, off No. 1. She will compete in a threesome with Jiyoon Jang (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) and Portland Rosen (Sugar Land, Texas) each day.
Bremer is scheduled to tee off at 6:30 a.m. (CDT), Monday off No. 10 and off No. 1 at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday. She will play with Lakareber Abe (Angleton, Texas) and Margaret Shirley (Roswell, Ga.)
ONE PRACTICE ROUND IS IN THE BOOKS
From Raegan Bremer
8:55 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Today was my first practice round at Nassau Country Club, and the course is beautiful! The Nassau Country Club staff has done a wonderful job getting the course in perfect condition for us!
We are definitely treated like princesses! We have completely taken over the men's locker room. There are all-you-can-eat buffets for everyone, and we get bottomless range balls.
My Dad and I ran into former Cougar golfer, John Leach, who was on national championship winning teams! He is caddying for his wife Martha this week!
Tonight was the players dinner where we and our parents got to eat and meet new people! I got to see some friends and meet other girls from all different parts of the country. Tomorrow (Sunday) is another practice round and then its go time on Monday!
HERE WE GO... AT LAST!
From Raegan Bremer
11:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Well, today was travel day and instead of taking 7 hours as planned it took 18 hours!
I received a very good education of Lake Michigan as we had to fly over it twice after getting diverted to Milwaukee because Chicago had severe turbulence. After four hours in Wisconsin, we finally reached the Windy City (name well deserved), and my parents and I walked into the busiest airport I've ever seen, and I live in Los Angeles.... Everyone was running around trying to get a flight and, at that moment, I was really glad I didn't work for Southwest!
Luckily, we were able to get booked on the last flight out to New York! We're on the tarmac now, and we couldn't be more relieved!
Flying into the city at night was amazing! Even at midnight, the city looks like it's in full gear. We're so thankful that we made it here today (Friday) because I have a practice round tomorrow (Saturday)! Haha
I'm looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday) and getting acclimated to the course and the environment!
ON THE BAG
From Raegan Bremer
10:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2014
Note: Junior Raegan Bremer will make her first appearance at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Aug. 4-10, at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. In today's entry, she reveals who will be caddying for her at this prestigious event.
You don't see a lot of dads caddying for girls out there. Let's face it... the father-daughter relationship can be stressful, especially around all the pressures of golf. I don't know how my dad and I do it , but it works, and, for that, I am truly grateful. We have a very sarcastic relationship... people who don't know us are usually surprised at the banter we'll throw around at one another. Let's just say there's a lot of smack-talking in our family.
This type of relationship, however unorthodox it may be, has created a great understanding between us on the course. He knows how to approach me after I hit a bad shot or start getting down on myself, and he knows how to tell me what to do in a way that sounds unauthoritative. And after being fairly stubborn over the years, I have come to the realization that every kid dreads to come to.... Dad knows best.
My dad caddied for me at the U.S AM qualifier at Palos Verdes, and we had a great time! I was playing really well, and he was a huge help on the course. I'm very excited to have him on the bag in New York because I know what I'm getting. I like being comfortable on the course and having someone familiar by my side!
WHAT'S NEW WITH TRIP
From Assistant Coach Mary Michael Maggio
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014
Last Thursday, our rising junior Raegan Bremer qualified for the U.S. Women's Am. This is huge first for our program and for Rags. All year, she has talked about wanting to get over the hump at these qualifiers. In conversations, she has talked about wanting to play on the biggest stage, and we are thrilled she is getting that opportunity.
Opportunity is a word that Rags and I talk about a lot because I was privileged to walk every round with her this year. When she called on Thursday, you could tell she was excited. She embraced the opportunity and is getting another one in August.
Rags has done a great job as a leader for us. She matured immensely over her sophomore campaign in 2013-14. Her commitment on and off the golf course has been fantastic. Over the course of the year she set a lot of first for us, and I am so excited to watch her compete in New York!
1:05 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014
Everyone with Houston Women's Golf is proud of junior Raegan Bremer on recently qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She finished second in her qualifier and will now head to Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y., to compete at the nation's premier amateur event on Aug. 4-10.
She already etched her name in the Houston records book as the first medalist in school history at the HBU Husky Invitational on April 1. Now, she becomes the first Cougar to compete at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship... Great work, Raegan! We are all proud of you.
WELCOME TO OUR BLOG
From Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell
5 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Welcome to the University of Houston Women's Golf team blog! This will be your window to an inside look at the happenings with the Women's Golf team. You will find here first-hand accounts of a day in the life of one of our team members, qualifying scores for team travel and recaps from the road from the best Women's Golf coaching staff in the world!
First, we want to give you a brief rundown of how we got here! In October 2012 Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades announced the beginning of the Women's Golf Program (the 17th sport sponsored by the University of Houston Athletics Department)! A staff was assembled from June 2013 to August 2013.
Four women gave their commitment to the program A full schedule was assembled for a few individuals: Emily Gilbreth and Kelli Rollo, Courtney Ferguson and Raegan Bremer. These outstanding young women were given the chance to compete individually on a full schedule of tournaments ending with the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship in Hammock Beach, Fla.
I thought the first year was a huge success! The overall team GPA for the year was well above a 3.0 with different honor rolls achieved throughout the year! Each member of the team experienced playing time during the season with the exception of freshman Kelli Rollo, who sat out as a redshirt.
Everyone had career-high finishes highlighted with Raegan Bremer winning the HBU Husky Invitational. She was named the American Athletic Player of the Week and earned All-American Athletic Conference honors.
You can check out our 2013-14 final season stats here.
Starting in June, Trip (assistant coach Mary Michael Maggio) and I started to put together a recruiting class that we thought would represent our program well and give all Houston Athletics fans a feeling of pride. We use the word pride around our program in this manner....Personal Responsibility In Our Daily Effort!
In this class we found these qualities and we are excited for Maddy Rayner, Tatiana Pineda and Megan Thothong to get on campus and start leaving their legacy. There will be two more team members joining Maddy, Tatiana, Megan, Yuka, Courtney, Raegan, Kelli, and Emily in August, but we can't comment on them until after school starts.
So there you have it... the stage has been set! In the upcoming weeks we will update you on summer results, tales from the recruiting trail and events leading up to the first day of school.