PINEHURST, North Carolina –The University of Houston women’s golf program takes its first steps into the playoffs when it debuts at the American Athletic Conference Championships on Pinehurst #6 at the Pinehurst Resort on Sunday morning.
The Cougars will play 18 holes each day until Tuesday. The winner of the three-day, 54-hole tournament receives the league’s automatic bid for NCAA regional play.
This will be the Cougars’ second appearance at the U.S. Championships at Pinehurst #6 at Pinehurst Resort. A year ago, Houston finished second with an 891 score, while first-team All-American Karen Fredgaard finished third at 218.
Fans can follow live scores at the American Athletic Conference Championships by clicking here.
HOW TO WATCH THE FINAL ROUND
Fans can watch Tuesday’s final round live on ESPN+ by clicking here.
MEET THE COUGARS
Under Carolyn Macow Leatherwood Head Coach Lydia Gummthe Cougars will be represented by seniors Annie-KimSenior Ariana SaenzSenior Maria Jose Martinezsecond Nicole Abelar and second Delaney Martin.
This season, Kim has been the Cougars’ most consistent player with a team-leading 73.33 GAA and 10 rounds of par or better, including four in the 60s. pair of top-10 finishes in 2021-22 and shot a career-best 67 in the second round of MountainView Collegiate on March 19.
Senior winner and four-year-old Maria Jose Martinez will make his third appearance leading the team at the US Championships this weekend. The Alvarado, Mexico native is second on the team with an average of 74.67 and six rounds of par or better.
Although this is his first season with the Cougars, Abelar has had tremendous success at the conference championships during his college career. The sophomore transfer finished second in the rain-shortened Sun Belt Conference Championships with Coastal Carolina in 2021.
The Cougars will face student-athletes from Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Tulane, Tulsa, No. 28 UCF and Wichita State.
Fans can find full first-round pairings once finalized by clicking here.
HOUSTON in AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
This will be Houston’s eighth appearance at the American Athletic Conference Championships. The Cougars have finished among the tournament’s top three team leaders every season they are eligible to participate, winning championships in 2019, 2018 and 2016.
Houston did not compete as a team at the 2014 U.S. Championships, under NCAA rules, sending four student-athletes to play as individuals, while the 2020 Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
Leonie Harm is the only Cougar to win the individual U.S. Championships title, posting an 8-under 208 at the 2019 event on the Conservatory course at Hammock Beach Resort & Golf Club in Palm Coast, Florida.
In addition to Harm, Houston has 16 individual Top 10 finishes at the U.S. Championships.
After the American Athletic Conference championships, the Cougars will learn their NCAA playoff fate on the draft show, which airs at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, on the Golf Channel.
Seventy-two teams and 12 non-team members will compete at six NCAA regional venues across the country. These sites include Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, CA); Vanderbilt Legends Club (Franklin, Tenn.); The championship course at UNM (Albuquerque, NM); University of Michigan Golf Course (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Karsten Creek Golf Club (Stillwater, Okla.) and Seminole Legacy Golf Club (Tallahassee, Florida).
JOIN THE CLUB BY 4
Fans are invited to join the PAR 4 Club in support of Houston Women’s Golf. PAR 4 club members provide financial support directly to Houston Women’s Golf for needs beyond the program’s operating budget.
Fans who join the PAR 4 Club can start receiving benefits for as little as $100 per year. For more information on the PAR 4 club, donation levels and benefits, fans can Click here.
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