Florida Earns Team and Individual Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship
NEW ORLEANS (February 20, 2018) – The University of Florida captured its second title in three years sat the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Women’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at English Turn Golf & Country Club. The Gators were led by individual champion Sierra Brooks, who bested her closest competition by four strokes, through the three days of sunny weather, though winds made the final two rounds challenging.
The No. 18-ranked Gators, who also collected the team title in 2016, held off No. 11 USC, the only other program with two championships in the event (2011, 2013), by nine strokes, 873-882. Florida, which led after each day this year, finished second to Stanford last year.
“I’m so proud of this group,” said Florida coach Emily Glaser. “They really fought hard today in more tough and windy conditions. We talked yesterday after the round about controlling our emotions and have better attitudes and they really bought in. It paid off today. When they had a bad shot or hole they stayed tough and persevered and we were able to hold off two great teams in Southern Cal and Michigan State.”
No. 13 Michigan State (888), N.C. State (893) and SMU (895) rounded out the top five. Other nationally-ranked teams in action were No. 8 Oklahoma State (eighth), No. 20 Denver (16th) and No. 21 Houston (10th). Host Tulane finished 17th overall.
Brooks, the individual champion who is ranked No. 39 in the country, was below par on all three rounds, finishing with a 69-69-71-209. It was her second tournament title in three events this year for the Gators.
“This win means a lot, I couldn’t be more proud to say I’m a Gator,” said Brooks. “I’m thankful to be surrounded by a great team and coaches. This is definitely the start to an exciting year for us.”
Michigan State’s Allyson Geer, ranked No. 51, and USC’s Jennifer Chang were tied for second at 213. The Spartan sophomore, who opened the event with the best round of her competitive career with a 5-under-par 67, was named the Big Ten’s Women’s Golfer of the Week for her accomplishments.
“It was another great finish for Ally,” said Michigan State coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. “Once again, she put herself in a position to win.”
Another Lady Trojan, Allisen Corpuz and Florida’s Elin Esborn tied four fourth at 214. Miami’s Dewi Weber, the top-ranked individual in the event at No. 17, finished in a tie for 11th with a 222.
Oklahoma State senior Kenzie Neisen added a burst of excitement to the event as she sank a hole-in-one on the 138-yard par-3 third hole on the final day of competition. It was the first ace in a Cowgirl uniform for Neisen, who finished tied for 32nd overall with a 227, including a final round 69.
Final Team Leaderboard from the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship
|2||Southern California||882 (+18)|
|3||Michigan State||888 (+24)|
|4||NC State||893 (+29)|
|T6||North Carolina||897 (+33)|
|8||Oklahoma State||898 (+34)|
|15||South Alabama||928 (+64)|
Top Individuals from the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship
1. Sierra Brooks (Florida): 69-69-71-209
T2. Allyson Geer (Michigan State): 67-72-74-213
T2. Jennifer Chang (Southern California): 70-69-74-213
T4. Allisen Corpuz (Southern California): 70-74-70-70-214
T4. Elin Esborn (Florida): 71-72-71-214
T6. Alyaa Abdulghany (Southern California): 74-71-73-218
T6. Marta Perez (Florida): 70-78-70-218
T8. Sarah Burnham (Michigan State): 70-79-70-219
T8. Kaeli Jones (UCF): 66-78-75-219
T8. Cecily Overby (N.C. State): 69-75-75-219
This year’s event marked the eighth year of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship. It is one of over 50 amateur athletic events sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on an annual basis. The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.