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Saint Germain Leads Houston at Mo’Morial Invitational

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Competing in her first collegiate event, University of Houston freshman Natalie Saint-Germain fired a 67 in the Second Round and was tied for seventh at 141 to lead the Cougars after the first day of The Mo’Morial on Tuesday evening.

After opening with a 74 in her first collegiate round in the morning, Saint Germain rebounded to drain six birdies with only one bogey in the afternoon session to join Texas A&M’s Hailee Cooper at 3-under-par on the 6,406-yard, par-72 course at Traditions Club.

The Prague, Czech Republic, native started the Second Round off No. 8 with a birdie on the 516-yard, par-5 hole. She added another birdie on No. 11 and quickly moved to 4-under with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13-14.

After enduring her lone bogey in the afternoon on No. 15, Saint Germain made birdies on No. 1 and No. 4 before capping her day with three straight pars.

As a team, the Cougars opened the season with a 293 and bettered that total by five strokes in the Second Round to stand in sixth at 581.

Joining Saint Germain in making their collegiate debuts, freshman alexa saldana was tied for 19th at 145, while fellow freshman Moa Svedenskiold joined super senior Annie Kim in a tie for 30th at 148.Junior nicole abel and junior Delaney Martin – competing as an individual – were tied for 47th at 151.

Texas held the first-day lead at 562 to stand three shots ahead of host Texas A&M. Florida came in fourth at 569, while Miami (Fla.) (579) and North Carolina (580) rounded out the Top-Five leaders. SMU (586), Texas Tech (588), North Texas (588) and UTSA (589) completed the Top 10.

Texas’ Sophie Guo stood atop the individual leaderboard at 9-under 135 to finish the first day one shot ahead of Florida’s Maisie Filler. Texas A&M’s Jennie Park was in third at 137 with Zoe Slaughter (Texas A&M) and Mackenzie Lee (SMU) tied for fourth at 138.

The tournament wraps up with an 8 am, shotgun start for Wednesday’s Final Round.

Fans can follow live scoring at the Mo’Morial Invitational by clicking here.

For Wednesday’s Final Round, the Cougars will compete in groups with student-athletes from Miami (Fla.) and North Carolina, beginning at 8 am

Saint Germain begins her day off No. 4 with Kim (first group off No. 5), Saldana (second group off No. 5), Svedenskiold (No. 6) and Abelar (No. 7 following). Martin starts off No. 18.

Fans can find complete pairings by clicking here.

Following the Mo’Morial Invitational, the Cougars quickly continue their fall slate when they tee off at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla. That three-day event will be held Sept. 24-26 at Belmar Golf Club and hosted by Oklahoma.

From there, the Cougars compete at the Jim West Challenge, set for Oct. 23-24 at Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos, Texas, and host by Texas State.

Houston closes out its fall schedule when it tees off at the Battle at the Beach, hosted by TCU at Club Campestre San Jose in San Jose del Cabo, BCS, Mexico on Oct. 28-30.

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