IN THE CLUBHOUSE with G and LUCY
MOVING THROUGH THE FALL SEASON
We saw a lot of great things from each of the young women that traveled to those events and also found some things to work on in this five-week stretch from The Mary Fossum Invitational to The Waverly. We will update you with the qualifying results from the five rounds at the end of next week on who will be representing your Women's Golf team in Mississippi.
At the end of the month, a good friend of mine, Jamie Gilbert, came to work with the team on mental training. Jamie and a friend started their own Mental Training company called Train 2 Be Clutch. I first met Jamie last year at the coaches' convention in December, and he got my attention when he asked me this question: "If golf is truly 90 percent mental, why do we spend 90 percent of our time training on the physical things?"
Since the convention, they published a book called Burn Your Goals. I highly suggest reading this book! There are no words that can sum up our experience with Jamie....if you see one of the women on the team, please ask them their experience and catch the look on their faces. We look forward to future sessions with Jamie as we hope to make this a yearly, if not a twice-a-year experience for our women.
In the previous weeks before Jamie arrived and the following weeks since, we have changed some things around with practice and have seen tremendous growth in our student-athletes' lives! There is nothing in the world that excites me more!
Last week, we had a match play tournament for an exemption into The Waverly. It was great golf to watch, and a lot of matches went down to the closing holes. Megan fought back to beat Courtney Tibiletti in the final to earn a trip to Mississippi. She will be joining Yuka, who earned a spot with her third-place finish at The Mary Fossum.
A lot is going on in the Houston Golf World. The environment couldn't be better with both Men's and Women's teams taking steps forward each morning at Dave Williams Academy. We are also building two new short game greens at The Golf Club of Houston along with an enhanced short-game area outside our team building.
Lastly, we will be adding on to the team building following The Shell Houston Open to accommodate both teams. It is great to be a part of the Houston Cougar Golf family.....
BACK TO WORK
First, all the girls arrived safely to campus from their hometowns! We got everyone moved into on-campus apartments, and everyone has got their class schedules set for the semester. We started last week off with Shasta Blast, our annual student-athlete social gathering the afternoon before school starts.
We followed Shasta Blast with our team meetings, and Kevin Durant made a guest appearance! (his MVP speech did). Then everyone chipped in, and we went to our on-campus bowling alley, played and ate pizza! Santa Claus came early the next day and delivered the girls their Nike Christmas!
We have been qualifying since last Wednesday and completed the qualifier on Sept. 3 for our trip to College Station. The girls had the weekend off to get settled in, watch the football game and work on their games!
These were the scores for qualifying.....
The low 5 totals will represent our team totals this week, and Courtney Tibiletti will play as an individual. We arrived in College Station and had a good practice....Had a good practice round Sunday... Looking forward to watching the girls compete this week!
A VALIANT EFFORT
From Raegan Bremer
8:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Well, today will be my last day at the Am, unfortunately, as I lost my first match today to Princess Mary Superal. Even though today didn't turn out the way I had hoped, I still had a lot of fun!
The match started off well. Princess and I went back and forth for a few holes, but we stayed pretty even. I felt good out there today! My putting was solid, and my ball striking was ok.
I was pretty nervous knowing that I was playing the girl who had just won the U.S. Girls Championship but was very proud of myself for keeping up with her!
I heard from a lot of my friends back in Cali that I had been on TV for a few holes so that was pretty exciting!
I want to thank everyone for all the support I have received this past week! It has really made this experience a great one and something I will remember for a long time!
I'm so happy I was able to be out there to represent Houston and spread the word about our growing program!
SURVIVING AND ADVANCING
From Raegan Bremer
9:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Today was a really exciting day! I shot 1-over 71 to qualify for match play!
I felt very good out on the course today with my Dad, and it was just a lot of fun! I got off to an interesting start, bogeying my first hole and then birdieing my second. I boarded the roller coaster ride, as I then bogied my third and fourth holes but quickly got back on track with a string of pars.
I finished my front nine 2-over after a birdie at the ninth and then went on to shoot 1-under on the back. It felt like redemption to shoot 1-under on the nine I had shot 6 over on yesterday!
Tomorrow, I play my first match and I can't wait! I'll definitely be a little nervous, but I'm just going to go out there and have fun. Coach G and I talked after the round today, and he gave me some very good advice for match play. I don't need to put extra pressure on myself thinking I have to birdie every hole. I just need to focus on making par, and the birdies will come.
I can't wait to go out there and represent Houston tomorrow! Some of the round will even be televised on Golf Channel!
SWINGING HARD IN ROUND ONE
After bogeying my first two holes, I went on to shoot 6-over on the back nine. After doubling the par-3 16th, I looked at my Dad and said 'well, it's a free-for-all now, I'm just going to swing hard!
I played the next 11 holes at 1-under par and couldn't have been happier. I walked off the course today very pleased with 5-over par, a score I would usually cringe over.
I was proud of myself for coming back and not giving up, but I know I can shoot a lot better! So tomorrow I'm going off the first tee swinging hard! My nerves got the best of me today but now thats behind me! I look forward to what tomorrow has in store!
NEW FACES AROUND HOUSTON GOLF
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
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!
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!
ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL
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
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
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
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!
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
My dad has been caddying for me ever since I started playing tournaments allowing caddies. When I was younger, he just seemed like the natural choice since he was always around helping me with my game. Over the years, my dad and I have created a pretty good o- course dynamic. He kinda leaves me alone when it comes to club choice and reading putts but is really good at giving me yardages and dealing with my sometimes less than stellar attitude!
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
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.