Allstate Sugar Bowl Teams Up With Tulane For Golf Championship park
The Tulane University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Allstate Sugar Bowl have combined forces to bring one of the premier women's collegiate golf events to New Orleans as Tulane will host the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship, Feb. 27 – March 1, 2011, at the English Turn Golf & Country Club.
The 17-team field for the 2011 event features nine of the past 12 national champions, 11 current Top-25 teams, including seven top 10 squads and the nation's current top-ranked golfer. Six different conferences will be represented (Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, Big Ten Conference, Conference USA, Pac-10, Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference) and 16 of the 17 teams are nationally ranked headed into the final weeks of fall play.
The star-studded line-up features LSU, currently the nation's top ranked squad, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Duke, No. 8 Purdue, No. 9 Virginia, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 12 North Carolina, host and 13th-ranked Tulane, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 24 Auburn, No. 26 Florida, No. 30 Ole Miss, No. 35 Denver, No. 42 Texas A&M, No. 58 Kentucky and Arizona State (has competed as individuals this fall and thus does not have a fall ranking).
Purdue is the defending national champion, while Arizona State claimed the national title in 2009 and USC took home the national team title in 2003 and 2008. Duke has claimed five national championships over the last 12 years, including 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
On the individual side, 23 of the current top 50 nationally ranked players will represent their respective teams, including LSU's top-ranked Megan McChrystal, No. 2 Camilla Lennarth, Alabama, No. 4 Lisa McCloskey, USC, No. 5 Brooke Pancake, Alabama, No. 6 Lindy Duncan, Duke, No. 9 Lisetta Salas, USC, No. 10 Brittany Altomare, Virginia, No. 11 Marina Alex, Vanderbilt, No. 12 Cydney Clanton, Auburn, No. 13 Natalie Gleadall, Ole Miss, No. 15 Tessa Teachman, LSU, No. 17 Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State, No. 19 Mary Michael Maggio, LSU, No. 20 Megan Grehan, Vanderbilt, No. 21 Jennifer Kirby, Alabama, No. 26 Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue, No. 29 Laura Gonzalez, Purdue, No. 32 Inah Park, USC, No. 33 Janine Fellows, Tulane, No. 37 Casey Grice, North Carolina, No. 38 Portland Rosen, Virginia, No. 39 Cyna Rodrigues, USC and No. 43 Jacqueline Hedwall, LSU.
"We are thrilled with the way this event has come together," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "We have one of the most competitive and prestigious fields in the country and the prestige of our sponsor, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, paired with a great golfing venue in English Turn Golf & Country Club are responsible for what should be a top notch event."
"We're very pleased to partner with Tulane University and its outstanding women's golf program to bring some of the top collegiate golfers in the nation to New Orleans," said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. "Tulane has worked hard to recruit a tremendously competitive field and we're looking forward to being part of what promises to be a great tournament."
Tulane and the Allstate Sugar Bowl will also host a junior clinic at English Turn Golf and Country Club on Feb. 27, 2011. Several of the players from the participating teams will provide instruction and lessons to junior golfers, hitting some trick shots and speaking about the duties/responsibilities of being a student-athlete in college today. Boys and girls between the ages of 5- to 18-years old are invited to attend and admission is free. The Clinic will begin at approx 3:15 pm or upon the completion of the first round of play and will conclude at 5 p.m.
"As a college coach, this is a dream tournament not only for the teams and the participating student-athletes but for women's collegiate golf as well," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "We were fortunate enough to attract many of the elite teams in the country and I believe this will be one of the nation's best tournaments of the year.
"This will be an exciting opportunity for spectators to come out and see some of the nation's top collegiate golf teams and student-athletes.
"We are honored to have the Allstate Sugar Bowl associated with this event, along with a wonderful venue in English Turn, which I believe is a perfect recipe for a special women's collegiate golf event."
The three-day, 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day and will begin on Sunday, Feb. 27 with a 7:51 tee time from holes No. 1 and No. 10, followed with the same tee time and locations on Monday, while Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Located only eight miles from New Orleans' Central Business District, the Jack Nicklaus designed par 72, 6,200 yard English Turn Golf & Country Club Championship Golf Course presents a unique challenge to golfers of any skill level with water coming into play on every hole. There are giant sand and waste bunkers guarding many holes, and numerous grass depressions and mounds line the sculptured fairways, along with huge tiered greens challenge putting strokes.
The greens are notoriously undulating, challenging yet fair for the club member and pros alike. The famed 18th of English Turn was consistently rated one of the most challenging on the PGA Tour.