HOUSTON – The University of Houston Women’s Golf program will compete in 11 regular-season tournaments, including its own The Dickson for the second straight season, during the 2017-18 campaign, Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell announced Tuesday.
The Cougars will compete in five states across five time zones from Florida to Hawai’i, with the team’s first international trip this season.
“We get to stay in Texas some and then we are going to Hawai’i with the American Athletic Conference Championships in Florida, so we are going to cover some ground,” Chadwell said. “It’s going to be a tough schedule at a couple of NCAA Regional sites and prepare us for the postseason.”
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Nine letterwinners and two redshirts return for the Cougars in 2017-18.
“I like the fact that we have a big group of seniors this year. We’ve got everybody coming back from the spring with the addition of (freshman) Yukie (Sasaki), so I think this will be our best yet,” Chadwell said. “I am looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labors.”
Junior Leonie Harm led the Cougars with a 72.70 scoring average, 14 rounds of par or better, including five in the 60s, and a school-record low round 66 twice a year ago.
Harm, a native of Gerlingen, Germany, was a 2016-17 All-American Athletic Conference selection for the first time in her career.
Senior Allie Andersen ranked second on the team with a 74.87 average and 10 rounds of par or better and advanced to the finals of the Women’s Texas Golf Association State Amateur Championship during the summer.
Senior Megan Thothong became the first Cougar to compete in three NCAA Regionals during her career in 2016-17, while junior Courtney Tibiletti tied Harm’s school-record 66 in the First Round of the Clover Cup on March 17.
For the second straight year, the Cougars open the fall season when they compete at the Mason Rudolph Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., on Sept. 15-17.
From there, Houston will compete in three straight events in the state of Texas. The Texas swing begins Oct. 9-10 with the Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin, Texas, and continues with the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational on Oct. 22-24 in San Antonio, Texas.
The Cougars close out the month of October at the Trinity Forest Invitational at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas on Oct. 30-31. The team then heads to Mexico for the first time in school history to compete at the Baylor Invitational at Club Campestre San Jose in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and close out the fall season
Following the winter break, Houston opens the spring season for the second straight season with the AllState Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship on Feb. 18-20 at English Turn Country Club in New Orleans.
The Cougars return home play host to The Dickson for the second straight season on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas, on Feb. 26-27. A year ago, Florida State swept the team and individual titles at the first home tournament in program history
That tournament is named in honor of Jim Dickson, who served as director of golf at The Woodlands Country Club and has been a supporter of Houston Women’s Golf through the years.
The illustrious field includes Houston, Charlotte, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa State, Kent State, Mississippi State, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa and UTSA.
The Cougars make the longest trip in school history when they head to Oahu, Hawai’i to compete at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on March 13-14.
After playing at the HBU Husky Invitational on March 19-20 at BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas, the Cougars close the month of March at the LSU Tiger Classic on March 23-25 in Baton Rouge, La.
From there, the Cougars wrap up the regular season and make their inaugural appearance at the Bruzzy Challenge, hosted by North Texas in Carrollton, Texas, on April 2-3.
With the completion of the regular season, the Cougars return to the Conservatory Course at Hammock Beach Resort on April 15-17 to compete at the American Athletic Conference Championships.
A year ago, the Cougars finished third with Harm and Thothong finishing among the top-6 leaders.
From there, Houston will wait to learn its postseason fate. NCAA Regional play will be held May 7-9 at one of four venues across the nation: Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.); UT Golf Club (Austin, Texas); University Ridge Golf Course (Madison, Wis.) and Southwood Golf Course (Tallahassee, Fla.).
Teams emerging from NCAA Regional play will compete at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
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