Allstate Sugar Bowl Golf Tourney Tees Off on Sunday park
The Tulane women's golf team rolls out the olive and green carpet for 16 of the nation's top teams and individuals for the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship at English Turn Golf & Country Club.
The 54-hole tournament begins with the first round on Sunday at 9 a.m. Monday's second round also begins at 9 a.m. with Tuesday's final round set to begin at 8 a.m. This long-standing, three-day event is in its seventh year being hosted by the Green Wave and held at English Turn.
This year's Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate field once again features many of the top teams in the country, headlined by No. 1 ranked Stanford and reigning NCAA champion and No. 65 ranked Washington. Among this year's 17 teams are seven of the top 25 and nine of the top 50 teams in the nation in the most recent Golfstat.com Rankings. The Cardinal leads the way at the top spot, followed by No. 3 Florida, No. 11 Miami (Fla.), No. 19 UCF, No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Texas and No. 23 Arizona. Rounding out the 16 teams traveling to the Crescent City are No. 39 Oregon, No. 43 Clemson, No. 51 Denver, No. 52 Virginia, No. 55 Mississippi State, No. 57 Houston, No. 74 UTSA and No. 88 LSU.
Among the individuals, 10 of the nation's top 50 golfers are set to participate with four of last year's top 10 finishers returning. LSU's Sydney Calvin shared individual medalist honors with Michigan State's Sarah Burnham a year ago and joins Texas' Hayley Mills (T3rd in 2016), Florida's Karolina Vlckova (T3rd) and Mississippi State's Jessica Peng (T7th) among the top returners vying to be this year's top individual.
"We can't thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl enough for allowing us to host this tournament," said head coach Lorne Don. "It's become one of the premier events in women's college golf and we're just so excited to have the field that we do. We've built the tradition of having a great event. For our players to have a chance to compete against this quality level of teams and individuals on our home golf course is just something we really do look forward to."
Tulane enters the tournament ranked 76th and is slated to open play with the lineup of freshman Gabrielle Correia at No. 1, senior Belen Goicoechea at No. 2, freshman Haydyn Gibson at No. 3, redshirt freshman Elise Genoux at No. 4 and sophomore Sofia Goicoechea at No. 5 with sophomores Laura Munoz and Abbie Cantwell and freshman Ebba Bjornberg playing as individuals.