San Diego Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational park
AVONDALE, La. – San Diego golf coach Tim Mickelson took his Toreros to New Orleans to get his team used to a different environment from normal sun-drenched southern California. He definitely got that, along with a tournament championship.
San Diego shot a 5-over par 293 to capture the team title at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational on Tuesday at TPC Louisiana. The Toreros overcame overcast, cold and breezy conditions – something they don’t see every day at home.
“Monday was southern California weather,” Mickelson said. “Today definitely wasn’t. Win or lose, though, I was glad these guys could experience this. They needed to learn to adjust to the conditions, such as the ball not going as far in the cold. It was just a great week.”
San Diego took a three-shot win over runner-up NC State, which held the overnight lead but finished with a 10-over par 298. Tournament-host New Orleans finished third, five shots behind the Wolfpack after a 12-over par 300.
San Diego sophomore Alex Ching took home individual medalist honors after a final-round 69. Ching finished at 9-under par – six shots ahead of NC State’s Brad Revell, who finished second.
Along with Ching’s 69, the Toreros also got a 1-under par 71 from Scott Brace, who tied for eighth individually. Gunner Wiebe (tie for 31st individually) shot a 76, and Jason Shano (T-21st) and Ben Murray (T-33rd) each shot 77.
“I wasn’t sure how we’d handle it around the greens,” Mickelson said. “You can’t just use a 60-degree wedge here with the dormant Bermuda around the greens. We did a good job of minimizing the mistakes.”
The Privateers, meanwhile, got stellar final rounds from Ken Looper and Oscar Zetterwall. Looper (T-13th) tallied a 71, while Zetterwall finished off a consistent week with an even-par 72. The junior was the low Privateer, finishing in a career-best fourth place overall.
Hector Arias (T-11th) finished with a 4-over par 76, while Derek East (T-64th) and Sebastian Szirmak (T-37th) shot 81 and 82, respectively.
“Ken, Oscar and Hector really played well for us,” said UNO head coach Chris McCarter, whose team won the 2009 tournament. “Overall, I’m proud of the guys. We just needed to get a little more help from the bottom of the lineup this week.
“With that said, San Diego did a phenomenal job in conditions they’re probably not really used to.”