Nov. 19, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Women's Golf program continues to build toward its first ever team with the recent signing of three high school stars to National Letters of Intent, head coach Gerrod Chadwell announced Tuesday afternoon.
Tatiana Pineda, Maddy Rayner and Megan Thothong will compete as freshmen for the Cougars during the 2014-15 season. All three are ranked among Golfweek's Class of 2014 Top 100 players, making Houston under Chadwell and volunteer assistant coach Mary Michael Maggio the only school to have three signees among the top 70 names on that list as of Nov. 15.
"We are excited to welcome Tatiana, Maddy and Megan to University of Houston Women's Golf," Chadwell said. "Each of these young women have accomplished so much already in their playing careers, and we look forward to seeing what they will bring to our program. With these young players and the returning players we will have coming back, Coach Maggio and I can't wait to compete as a team in 2014-15."
The three signees will join with current Houston members Raegan Bremer, Courtney Ferguson, Emily Gilbreth and Kelli Rollo. Together, the group will compete as the first complete Houston Women's Golf team in school history during the 2014-15 season.
Houston Women's Golf became the 17th sports program in the history of the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with its creation in the summer of 2012.
Pineda, who hails from Bogota, Colombia, is an award-winning international player, who prepped at Buchholz High in Gainesville, Fla. As a sophomore there during the 2010-11 season, she won the District 2-2A title by firing a Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club ladies course record 9-under-par 63.
One week later, she posted a course-record, 5-under-par 68 to win the Class 2A Region I title on the Eagle Course at Eglin Air Force Base Golf Course in Niceville, Fla.
At the Florida High School Class 2A tournament, she finished at 149 to tie for second out of 96 competitors.
This summer, she finished 11th at the AJGA Golf Pride at Champions Gate Golf Club in Florida and placed third and second in back-to-back outings at the AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters and the FJT-Amelia National Golf Club during the summer of 2012.
Pineda checked in at No. 69 in Golfweek's Top 100 list.
Rayner joins the Cougars after an award-winning prep and junior career. Ranked No. 63 in the Golfweek Top 100, she was recognized as the TGJT Player of the Year in 2012-13 and named to the TJGT All-Tour Team.
As the No. 8 seed, she qualified for the Championship flight at the 2012 Doral Publix and was a 2012 All-Region and All-District selections for head coach Matt Glenn at Carroll High in Southlake, Texas. She was selected as the team's junior captain by her coaches and teammates at the end of her sophomore season.
In her last 14 high school and TGJT events, he has posted five top-5 finishes and six top-10 showings. That included a seven-stroke victory at the DBU Dallas Major.
She was selected as a member of the Jim McLean Junior Academy. McLean competed for the Houston Men's Golf program from 1970 to 1972.
Thothong was the Cougars' highest-ranked signee at No. 48 in the Golfweek Top 100. As a member of the Plano West Senior High team, he she won the JGC Lone Star Junior and had three other top-10 finishes in AJGA events.
In August, she finished second at the Texas Women's Amateur Championship, falling in 19 holes to Christine Lin in the title match at The Woodlands Country Club. She was two of four Cougars competing in the semifinals of that prestigious event, joining Ferguson.
In late May she earned medalist honors at the JGC Lone Star Junior at Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie, Texas.