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UH Cougars Sign First Two Women Golfers

on 11 December 2012.

The University of Houston on Tuesday added the first two members of its women’s golf team. Emily Gilbreth and Kelli Rollo, both from the Houston area, recently signed National Letters of Intent, according to men’s coach and the school’s director of golf Jonathan Dismuke.

The Cougars recently added the women’s program and Gilbreth and Rollo will compete as individuals in 2013-14 and on a full team in 2014-15.

“We were looking for young women that wanted to take the responsibility of being the foundation of the program. They are blazing a trail for us,” Dismuke said. “We had to have the right type of young woman, and that player is not easy to find. Both Emily and Kelli want to meet the challenge head on and put the program on the map.”

Gilbreth, who was ranked No. 91 nationally by Golfweek, brings an award-winning resume to the newly created Women’s program out of Houston’s Bellaire High. As a junior in 2011, she won the Class 5A Region III championship and the IJGT Dupage Classic.

Playing as the Cardinals’ No. 1 player, she helped lead Bellaire High to its first-ever appearance at the state tournament. It was also believed to be the farthest that a Houston ISD golf team has ever competed.

At the state tournament, Gilbreth birdied four of her last 11 holes for an opening-round 69 and finished in a tie for sixth at 145.

“Emily is a very talented player,” Dismuke said. “She has a lot of speed with a great swing and will be a great addition to our program.”

Rollo joined the Cougars after a stellar career at Barbers Hill High in Mont Belvieu. During the recent fall season, she helped lead the Lady Eagles to a pair of team championships and was individual medalist at Texaco Country Club in mid-September.

This summer, Rollo earned three tournament wins on the Junior Tour, including a title at Redstone Golf Club, her future home with Houston Golf.

As a junior at Barbers Hill, she finished third at her own Barbers Hill Invitational and led the squad to the team title. She finished 11th at the Region III-4A Tournament and guided the team to a fourth-place showing at that postseason event.

“Kelli has had a successful high school career and has the ability to develop into a outstanding NCAA Division I player,” Dismuke said. “She fit the mold of what we were looking for our first student-athletes.”

UH also received Letters of Intent from Papito Gonzalez and Matthew Scobie on the men’s side. 

All four new signees will compete as freshmen during the 2013-14 season.

Dismuke said he was confident that Gonzalez and Scobie would be able to join the Cougars and challenge immediately for playing time, an impressive feat on a team that recently finished with four top-three team finishes during the fall campaign.

“We are trying to add and continue to bring in men that fit our mold. We put more stock in ability and people who buy in to what we are doing,” Dismuke said. “Both Matthew and Papito have tremendous physical ability and want to be a part of our program.”