She has been a vital part of the Tucson school's run to the US NCAA title match this past week, helping the Wildcats book a clash with Alabama for all the marbles set for Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time). The two remained squared at the turn, where Hou went on to win four consecutive holes. "I had a really bad first hole, but she told me don't think too much, just like stroke play, just watch the speed".
"It helps a lot, for sure".
"I'll make the best of it either way, " she said. "It is wonderful. And that I'm here with all of my teammates is incredible".
Alabama won the first two out of three matches in the championship as UA's Pagdanganan and Gigi Stoll were bested by their opponents, Cheyenne Knight and Kristen Gillman, respectively.
She has not finished best finish was a tie for seventh and that was four years ago.
Shortly after, Cheyenne Knight, who was Alabama's most consistent player throughout the week, added another point with her 4-and-2 victory against Bianca Pagdanganan.
The format is the same as the women's tournament: Three rounds of stroke play for the 30-team field with a cut to 15 teams after 54 holes.
The Wildcats tallied their second point when Sandra Nordaas defeated Crimson Tide freshman Angelica Moresco 1-up. Moore had to rally after getting 2 down on the front nine, which showed why she was a great pick for Arizona's anchor match.
Tide freshman Angelica Moresco fought back the entire round and nearly caught up before losing 1-down.
In the quarterfinals against UCLA, Pagdanganan won her match 1 up, her birdie on the 18th hole sending Arizona to the next round. Moore squared off with Alabama's Lakareber Abe in what would end up being a dramatic finish. Haley Moore lofted a tough chip to tap-in range to win and clinch victory, and the Wildcats were celebrating. Abe's chip rolled past the hole and she eventually two-putted. The 17th hole was a disaster for Abe who had to take an unplayable lie. Abe putted first and missed from about the same distance. She had a 45-foot pitch and a putt to salvage a bogey.
Replaying the par-5 18th hole in a sudden-death match, both players found the fairway.
When they reached Karsten Creek and Ianello was unpacking the van, she asked her player if she'd gotten her dad's message. Abe went first, missing just right of the cup.
For all the marbles, Moore would stroke a ideal cup that would find the center of the cup.
"I was really nervous the night before but coach just told me, 'Your teammates have your back, ' and that made me feel a lot better", Hou said. We played solid this entire spring, and we didn't play our best. I just kept breathing, and my assistant coach [Derek Radley] he was by my side the whole time and was with me no matter what would have happened. Then a courageous comeback pushed the match to dead even, with the final pair of golfers moving on to a playoff.
The Wildcats appeared to have blown their chances in the final round of stroke play on Monday, going from third to outside the top eight until Pagdanganan made eagle on the final hole to send Arizona into a playoff against Baylor for the eighth and final spot in match play.