Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship Tees Off on Sunday park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl and Tulane University have combined forces for the sixth straight season to bring one of the top annual spring tournaments in women’s collegiate golf, the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, to New Orleans, February 21-23, at the English Turn Golf & Country Club. Admission to each round is free of charge.
The three-day, 54-hole event features 18 holes each day on the par-72, 6,239-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Play will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 22 from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees, while Tuesday’s final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
The Green Wave will join golfers from No. 3 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford, the defending national champion, for Sunday’s opening round and the groups will start from the No. 1 tee at 9 a.m.
The 2016 field is comprised of 17 teams and features eight squads ranked among the nation’s Top-25 programs (GolfStat.com), while 12 of the 17 teams are rated among the Top-50 programs in the country. A total of 18 of the nation’s top-50 ranked individuals will compete in the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
This year’s participants include Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Denver, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, Tulane, UC-Davis, UCF, UCLA and Virginia.
“The Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship is a special event for our program and we look forward to putting on a first-class event once again in 2016,” Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. “We had a nice effort in the season opener and have spent the last week and a half working hard to get ready for this weekend. We will have a good game plan and look forward to once again hosting some of the nation’s top teams and golfers and competing for a tournament title.”
Tulane is coming off a runner-up finish in its spring opener at the UCF Challenge, while senior Emily Penttila posted a third-place effort, the highest by a Green Wave golfer at the event. Penttila leads the Wave with a 72.47 average and is ranked 54th in the country in the most recent GolfWeek.com poll.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 88 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 82-year history. The 83rd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 2, 2017. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.3 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.