Women's Golf Set for First Tournament
Sep 8, 2013
BRYAN, Texas - For the first time in school history, the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will field a Women's Golf team when the Cougars tee off Monday morning.
The Cougars will compete at Texas A&M's "Mo"Morial Invitational on the 6,206-yard, par-72 course at The Traditions Club. Under the leadership of head coach Gerrod Chadwell, junior Courtney Ferguson, sophomore Raegan Bremer and freshman Emily Gilbreth will play as Cougars for the first time.
"We have a good mix. We were able to add some transfers to give us experience, and we have freshmen, who have learned a lot," Chadwell said. "We are right where I expected with only a week of practice. I am excited to see where we are at so we can evaluable and get better."
This will be the first new sports program to compete at the University of Houston since Softball began play in 2001, and Chadwell couldn't be more excited for this day to come.
"From putting out at the NCAA Championships (with his former Oklahoma team) to this day now, it feels like it's been four or five years. During the summer, I didn't know if it would ever get here," Chadwell said. "This is what I enjoy the most. I enjoy watching them play and helping them out in competition. I am looking forward to it."
This week's tournament will be a homecoming for volunteer assistant coach Mary Michael Maggio, who competed at Texas A&M from 2011-13 and was the 2012 Big 12 individual champion.
"It's exciting to go back. I still know a lot of people there and recognize a lot of faces," Maggio said. "This is an exciting time for our program to take our first team to a special place for me. I am excited to get the ball rolling."
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With only three players in their lineup, the Cougars will compete as individuals and not be eligible for the team title. Houston will square off against other players from East Carolina, Elon, Florida State, Kentucky, Redlands Community College, Rollins College, UCF, UT Pan American, UTSA, Virginia and host Texas A&M.
The Cougars and the entire field will be well tested on the course at the Traditions Club. Between Chadwell's days as an assistant coach at Oklahoma and Maggio's playing days with the Aggies, the Cougars will have plenty of knowledge about the course from their coaches.
"The Traditions Club is a very tough course. You are not going to see a lot of scores, and this won't be a birdie contest. Conditions are usually firm and fast, and the greens are tough to hold," Chadwell said. "It's not going to be a shootout and a lot of pars are going to win. We will have a great game plan for the team. Patience will be a key out there. Getting off to a bad start doesn't mean the end of the world."
Ferguson is the elder statesman of the group, having competed for her first two collegiate seasons at Oklahoma State. As a sophomore in 2012-13, she played in six tournaments, tying for 13th at the Hurricane Invitational with a score of 224.
She and her family have UH connections. Her uncle, Scott, competed for the Houston Men's Golf team from 2000 to 2002.
Like Ferguson, Bremer joins the Cougars after competing elsewhere during his first collegiate season. The Anaheim, Calif., native was an All-Big West Honorable Mention at UC Davis as a freshman in 2012-13 after competing in eight tournaments with a pair of top-25 finishes.
The Canyon High product finished seventh at the Peg Barnard Invitational, thanks to a career-low 69 in the second round, and helped lead the Aggies to a third-place team finish.
Gilbreth was an award-winning local prep player at Bellaire High before joining Houston. She was a four-time District 20-5A individual champion for head coach Mike Kramer and won 14 individual titles during her high school career.
During the summer, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Texas Amateur Championship before, ironically, falling to Ferguson.
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The second round of the "Mo"Morial Invitational will tee off at 9 a.m., Tuesday with the final round starting at 8 a.m., Wednesday. Tuesday's second round tee times will be announced shortly after the first round.
Following the "Mo"Morial Invitational, the Cougars will compete at the Cardinal Cup, hosted by Louisville, on Sept. 16-17, in Louisville, Ky.