The University of Houston Cougars women’s golf program received a generous $1 million gift from the Leatherwood family in memory of Carolyn Macow Leatherwood, a longtime UH supporter and golf enthusiast.
Carolyn died last summer at the age of 73 after a long battle with Crohn’s disease. She spent many days on the golf course, perfecting each part of her game. She loved the competition but also loved the lessons golf taught each time on the course.
Carolyn and her husband, Steve, a proud UH alum, donated to Houston Athletics for more than 30 years.
At her passing, the Carolyn Macow Leatherwood Endowment Fund was established at UH and many friends and family members made contributions. To perpetuate golf’s impact on Carolyn’s life, the Leatherwood family combined the endowment funds with a $1 million gift in her memory toward the Houston women’s golf program. Going forward, the women’s golf head coach position at UH will be known as the Carolyn Macow Leatherwood Head Women’s Golf Coach.
The endowment fund will provide essential, competitive support for the women's golf program and will position it to compete at the highest level. Steve hopes that it will be transformational as the program continues to ascend as one of the top college golf programs in the country.
The Houston Cougar women’s golf program has won three American Athletic Conference Championships and earned five NCAA Regional berths.