Three Top-20 finishes propel Cougars to fourth place at ‘Mo’Morial

The UH Women’s Golf team had a strong showing in the three-day MoMorial tournament this week, placing fourth overall in their first team event of the season. The Cougars finished 31-over for a team total of 895, 35 strokes behind tournament leader Auburn.

Houston was led by junior Raegan Bremer, sophomore Emily Gilbreth and freshman Maddy Rayner who shot 223, 226 and 224, respectively. With these scores, all three women finished in the overall top-20.

Rounding out the team were freshmen Megan Thothong and Yuka Kajiki shooting 228 and 229. Freshman Courtney Tibiletti competed individually and finished with a tie for 46th after a 3-round total of 233 strokes.

The Cougars shot an overall total of 294 on Monday and ended the day in second place, 3 strokes behind Auburn. Leading the way were Bremer and Rayner, each shooting an even 72. Thothong, Gilbreth and Kajiki completed the team score shooting 74, 76 and 78, while Tibiletti finished her individual round with a 76.

Playing in the final group Tuesday, the Cougars slid to 4th after shooting a 304. Bremer led the Cougars with a 2-over par of 74, while Gilbreth ended the day with 4 birdies on her way to a 75. Rayner, Kajiki and Thothong finished the day shooting 77, 78, and 80, respectively.

Houston finished strong in the final round Wednesday with an overall team score of 297, led by Kajiki’s 73. Thothong (74), Gilbreth (75), Rayner (75), Bremer (77) and Tibiletti (77) all finished closely behind.

Coach Gerrod Chadwell said that it was a successful first outing for the team.

“All the emotions are over, and now the exciting part is we know where we are at,” Chadwell said. “All in all, it was a successful trip.”

The Cougars have a short turnaround competing this weekend in the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.

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