UPDATE (5:26 p.m., Sunday, May 9) – Tee times for Monday’s NCAA Baton Rouge Regional were updated Sunday afternoon. The tee times graphic in the story below and the paragraph listing the tee times has been adjusted to include this new information.
BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Houston Women’s Golf program will compete in the NCAA postseason for the sixth straight season when it tees off in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on Monday morning at University Club.
The Cougars earned their way into the postseason as an at-large team after finishing at No. 31 in the Golfstat national rankings.
Houston is one of 72 teams to compete at four NCAA Regional sites across the country beginning Monday. Teams will play 18 holes each day through Wednesday.
The low six teams and the low three individuals not from those teams from each of the four NCAA Regionals advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 21-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Fans can follow live scoring from the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional by clicking here.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell, the Cougars will be represented by sophomore Karen Fredgaard, freshman Zoe Slaughter, freshman Anne Normann, junior Annie Kim and freshman Delaney Martin.
All five will be making their first appearances in NCAA Regional play. Fredgaard, Slaughter, Normann and Martin were named to the All-Conference Team in April.
Fredgaard has emerged as one of the nation’s and the world’s leading amateur players. The sophomore leads the Cougars with a 70.27 scoring average and 12 rounds of par or better, including seven in the 60s, and was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
She captured the individual title at the UCF Challenge to open the season on Jan. 31-Feb. 2 for the first championship of her collegiate career and tied for third at the prestigious Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Augusta National Golf Club on March 31-April 3.
Slaughter has been a leader for the Cougars in her first collegiate season out of Houston’s Memorial Senior High School. She ranks second on the team with a 73.33 average and nine rounds of par or better and has posted Top-10 finishes in each of her last three events, including a seventh-place showing at the American Athletic Conference Championships.
For her impressive efforts, she was honored as The American’s Freshman of the Year, a first in program history, and was named to the All-Conference Team.
Normann has competed in six tournaments this season and was honored as The American’s Golfer of the Week on March 17 after tying for seventh with a score of 4-under 212 at the Clover Cup on March 12-14.
She posted career-low 68s in the First and Final Rounds of the MountainView Collegiate on the way to a career-best fourth-place finish.
Kim recorded a pair of Top-20 finishes in 2020-21, including a 19th-place showing at the season-opening UCF Challenge, thanks to scores of 70-69 in the first two rounds.
Martin has enjoyed a pair of Top-10 showings during her freshman season, including a fifth-place finish at The Bruzzy after a career-best 67 in the Final Round.
The Cougars will compete against student-athletes from No. 1 seed LSU, No. 2 seed Mississippi, No. 3 seed Baylor, No. 4 seed Oregon, No. 5 seed Maryland, No. 6 seed Alabama, No. 7 seed Oregon State, No. 9 seed Miami (Fla.), No. 10 seed North Texas, No. 11 seed Purdue, No. 12 seed Mississippi State, No. 13 seed Tulsa, No. 14 seed Sam Houston State, No. 15 seed Kennesaw State, No. 16 seed East Tennessee State, No. 17 seed Jacksonville State and No. 18 seed Quinnipiac.
For Monday’s First Round, the Cougars will compete in groups with student-athletes from Oregon State and Miami (Fla.).
Martin will start the day for the Cougars at 8:50 a.m., Monday with Kim (9 a.m.), Normann (9:10 a.m.), Slaughter (9:20 a.m.) and Fredgaard (9:30 a.m.) following.
Complete First-Round pairings can be found by clicking here.
NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
The Cougars have never missed an NCAA Regional in which the team was eligible to compete dating back to 2015. The program began under Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell during the 2013-14 season with three student-athletes competing as individuals, per NCAA rules.
The No. 8 seed ties as the second-highest postseason seed for the Cougars in their young history. Houston was a No. 8 seed at the 2019 Auburn Regional and competed as the No. 7 seed at the 2018 NCAA Austin Regional.
The 2020 NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its most recent NCAA postseason appearance, the Cougars finished 11th at the 2019 NCAA Auburn Regional. Leonie Harm and Maddy Rayner tied for 33rd at 222 to lead the Cougars.
Harm is the only Cougar to compete at the NCAA Championships, qualifying as an individual in 2018 and in 2016.
This will be the second time Houston competes at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at University Club. In 2016, the Cougars finished seventh, while Harm tied for seventh after firing 69s in the First and Final Round to become the first Cougar to qualify for the NCAA Championships as an individual.
JOIN the P.A.R. 4 CLUB
Fans are invited to join The P.A.R. 4 Club to support Houston Women’s Golf. P.A.R. 4 Club members provide financial support directly to Houston Women’s Golf for needs beyond the program’s operating budget.
Fans who join the P.A.R. 4 Club can begin receiving benefits for as little as $100 annually.
To join the P.A.R. 4 Club, fans can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the P.A.R. 4 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.
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