HOUSTON — After leading the University of Houston women’s golf in the conference’s recent postseason event, the seniors Annie-Kim and Maria Jose Martinez and second Nicole Abelar were named to the All-American Athletic Conference team on Tuesday.
This is the fourth consecutive season and the first under head coach Carolyn Macow Leatherwood. Lydia Gumm in which the Cougars benefited from more than 3 All-Conference winners. It was also the fifth time in program history that the Cougars recorded that total in a single season.
Competing in his first season with the Cougars after being traded from Coastal Carolina, Abelar earned his first postseason award with the Cougars after posting a 222 score to lead Houston to a season-best fourth-place finish in recent American championships.
The native of Metro Manila, Philippines posted a 1-under 71 in the second round of the U.S. Championships to tie her lowest round of the season.
Although it was his first playoff honor in Houston, it was far from the first playoff honor of his career. Abelar finished second in the Sun Belt Championships as a rookie with the Chanticleers in 2020-21 and was named league Rookie of the Year and Conference All-Sun Belt First Team member.
She also earned a spot on the Sun Belt Championships All-Tournament Team.
Kim was the Cougars’ main contender throughout the 2021-22 season. The Seoul native led the team with an average of 73.50 and 11 rounds of par or better, including a team-best 67 in the second round at MountainView Collegiate on March 19.
She has five top-25 finishes this year with a season-best fourth place finish at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Oct. 4-6, 2021.
A two-time member of the American Athletic Conference’s All-Academic All-Academic Team, Kim opened the U.S. Championships with an even par 72 and tied for 12and at 225 in his conference tournament debut.
It was the first post-season honor of his career.
MARIA JOSE MARTINEZ
Martinez was the Cougars’ only three-year letter winner in 2021-22. The Alvarado, Mexico native was second on the team with an average of 74.67 and added seven rounds of par or better.
She posted a 15and-final spot at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla., September 25-27, 2021.
Martinez earned the second playoff honor of his career. She was named to the All-Conference Team after finishing sixth at the U.S. Championships as a True Rookie in 2018-19.
Abelar, Kim and Martinez were joined on the All-Conference team by Zoe Allaux (UCF), Camille Banzet (UCF), Tunradda Piddon (UCF), Kathryn Carson (East Carolina), Melanie Green (South Florida), Serena Shah (SMU), Kennedy Pedigo (SMU), Carla Bernat (Tulane), Daozeng Liu (Tulane), Sandra Vazquez (Tulane), Sydney Seigel (Tulsa) and Lilly Thomas (Tulsa).
Piddon was named Player of the Year while Allaux was honored as Rookie of the Year. Tulane’s Stew Burke was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
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