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Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship Tees Off This Weekend

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Allstate Sugar Bowl and Tulane University are teaming up for the second straight year to bring some of the nation's elite women's collegiate golfers and teams to the Crescent City for the second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, Feb. 26-28, at  the English Turn Golf & Country Club.  Admission to each round is free of charge.

The three-day, 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day and an 8 a.m. tee off time for each round.  Play will begin on Sunday, Feb. 26 and Monday, Feb. 27 from holes No. 1 and No. 10, while Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start.

Live results from each round will be available every three holes at and information regarding the event is available on the official tournament website.

"We are extremely excited about hosting the second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said.  "This tournament is one of the best women's collegiate events in the country and we are so proud to be a part of it. You couldn't ask for a better sponsor than the Allstate Sugar Bowl and everything they do for the city of New Orleans.

"This will be a great opportunity to see the best collegiate players compete right here in the Crescent City. Many of these young ladies will go on to have outstanding careers on the LPGA Tour. I want thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl for their continued support of women's collegiate golf and encourage our Tulane fans and any fan of golf to come out and take in this prestigious event."

"We are very pleased to once again be the sponsor for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship," said Paul Hoolahan, the chief executive officer of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "After the success of last year's event, we are looking forward to being a part of this year's tournament which will once again feature some of the top women's golf teams and individuals in the nation."

The 2012 all-star field features three Top-5 squads with eight total teams appearing in the Top-20, while 12 total schools are currently sitting in the Top-50.  Ryan Herrington of Golf Digest ranked the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship as the fourth-best women's collegiate tournament for the spring season.

The 15 teams in this year's field are No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 USC, No. 12 Florida, No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 16 Duke, No. 18 Oregon, No. 19 Baylor, No. 22 Colorado, No. 30 Tulsa, No. 32 Florida State, No. 35 Ole Miss, No. 41 Tulane, No. 52 East Carolina and No. 63 Kennesaw State.

This year's event features teams that have a combined 11 national championships.  Duke has claimed five titles over the last 13 years, including 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007, while USC took home the national team title in 2003 and 2008, Florida claimed the top spot in 1985 and 1986 and Tulsa was king of the mountain in 1982 and 1988.

USC is the defending team champion and will defend its title in this year's event.  The Women of Troy captured last year's championship with a four-shot victory over second-place Alabama.  The individual champion, Alabama's Stephanie Meadow, who finished with a one-shot win over LSU's top-ranked Megan McChrystal, will return to defend her top spot.

Individually, the field will once again feature the top-ranked golfer in the nation as Duke's Lindy Duncan enters the event ranked No. 1 in the country. LSU's Megan McChrystal was the top-ranked golfer in the nation last season when the Tigers competed in the event.

A total of 17 of the nation's Top-50 ranked individuals will compete in the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, including five golfers among the top-20 in the country.  Alabama leads the way with four top-50 ranked golfers.

Last year, Tulane posted its best finish of the season with a third-place effort and vaulted to No. 11 in the national rankings the following week for its showing.  The Green Wave combined for a 15-over 879 and then-sophomore Maribel Lopez Porras led TU with a fifth-place finish, posting a 2-under 214 total.

Tulane got off to a solid start in its season opener two weeks ago at the UCF Challenge where the Green Wave posted a third place finish behind No. 3 Auburn and No. 22 Baylor.  Individually, senior Ashley McKenney and freshman Gemma Dryburgh each tied for second place, just missed tying the individual medalist by one stroke, while Porras was ninth overall.

McKenney, who was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week for her effort at the UCF Challenge, leads the Wave with a 75.19 scoring average, while Dryburgh is second with a 76.27, followed by senior Samantha Troyanovich with a 76.40 and Porras with a 76.73.

Tulane and the Allstate Sugar Bowl will also host a junior clinic at English Turn Golf and Country Club on Feb. 25.  The Clinic will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

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.

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.



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