Aug 14, 2013
HOUSTON - Nine regular-season tournaments against some of the nation's top collegiate teams, including four during the fall season, highlight the University of Houston's first Women's Golf schedule, head coach Gerrod Chadwell announced Wednesday.
The Cougars will compete in nine tournaments across seven states, ranging from Greenville, S.C., to San Diego, Calif., during their inaugural season. Under Chadwell's guidance, junior Courtney Ferguson, sophomore Raegan Bremer and freshmen Emily Gilbreth and Kelli Rollo will comprise the first Houston Women's Golf team in school history.
Houston will compete with individual players at tournaments in 2013-14 before fielding a complete team for the 2014-15 campaign.
"I could not be more happy with the way the schedule turned out. It's a very competitive schedule. We are going to have to show up every week to play," Chadwell said. "It will be fun to see where we stack up this first year."
THE FALL SEASON
The Cougars compete in the first tournament in school history when they play on The Traditions Course at the "Mo"Morial Invitational in College Station, Texas. For Chadwell, that first event cannot get here soon enough.
"I am ready. The days are long. The office work is a necessity, but I am ready to get them here and help them get better," Chadwell said. "I love to get out there and watch them compete."
Following Texas A&M's event, the Cougars continue their fall season on Sept. 16-17 when they compete at the Cardinal Cup at the Cardinal Club in Louisville, Ky. From there, the team plays at the Lady Paladin Invitational, hosted by Furman on Sept. 20-22, before wrapping up the fall campaign on Oct. 5-7 at the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
For Chadwell, the fall finale will be a special event. He served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 2010-13, leading the Sooners to three straight appearances in the NCAA Regionals, consecutive NCAA Championships berths and a No. 2 national ranking during the 2012-13 season.
THE SPRING SEASON
After a four-month winter break, the team opens the spring season at the Central District Invitational, hosted by Michigan State at River Wilderness Country Club on Feb. 17-18.
The Cougars head west to compete at the Clover Cup hosted by Notre Dame at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., on March 14-16 and then take part at the SDSU Farms Invitational on March 24-26 at The Farms Golf Club in San Diego, Calif.
The team returns to the Lone Star State for a pair of tournaments, starting with the HBU Husky Invitational on March 31-April 1 at Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas and wrapping up the regular season at the SMU Invitational at the Dallas Athletic Club on April 4-6.
From there, the Cougars enter their first postseason. Houston competes at the American Athletic Conference Championships on April 20-22 at Reunion Resort and Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
The NCAA postseason runs May 8-10 at different venues across the country, while the NCAA Championships will be hosted by Tulsa on May 20-23 at Tulsa Country Club.