Tulane to Host Fifth Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship park
In what has become one of the best women's collegiate golf tournaments in the nation, Tulane University and the Allstate Sugar Bowl will once again team up to bring many of the top teams and players in the country to New Orleans for the fifth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, Feb. 22-24, 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 on the par-72, 6,140-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Play will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 and Monday, Feb. 23 from holes No. 1 and No. 10, while Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
The field features seven teams ranked among the Top 25 teams in the country. Entrants will be: This year's 15-team field includes seven teams ranked in the Top 25: No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Mississippi State, No. 10 Arizona, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 16 LSU and No. 21 UCF. Joining the Top 25 teams are the 31st-ranked Green Wave, as well as Clemson, Denver, Florida, Kansas, Michigan State, Texas and UTSA. The field includes three teams that have won a combined seven national championships since 1982 – UCLA (1991, 2004, 2011), Arizona (1996, 2000), Florida (1985, 1986).
On the individual front, UCLA's Alison Lee is the No. 2 ranked golfer in the country. The sophomore from Valencia, Calif., tied for third in last year's Allstate Sugar Bowl tourney as she led the Bruins to the team title. Lee's teammate, Bronte Law, is ranked No. 4 in the nation.
Other top-ranked individuals include the Mississippi State duo of Jessica Peng (No. 8) and Ally McDonald (No. 9), Maddie McCrary (No. 22) from Oklahoma State, No. 28 Manon Gidali (Arizona), No. 33 Elise Bradley (LSU) and No. 34 Kendall Martindale from Vanderbilt.
Tulane's top individual is Gemma Dryburgh, who was named the American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week this past week after finishing third at the UCF Challenge; an event in which the Green Wave placed second, just one stroke behind Virginia.
"The Allstate Sugar Bowl is very proud of our continued partnership with Tulane to bring many of the best collegiate golfers in the nation to New Orleans," said Paul Hoolahan, CEO of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "We're looking forward to another great tournament on the beautiful English Turn course."
In a city internationally known for its magnificent private clubs, English Turn Golf and Country Club stands out as an unmatched example of luxurious environment and superb recreational facilities.
The 18-hole championship golf course is a fitting testimony to Jack Nicklaus' extraordinary reputation not only as a world-renowned player, but as a world-class course designer. The Nicklaus-designed Par 72 Championship Golf Course presents a unique challenge to golfers of any skill level. Water comes into play on every hole.
Giant sand and waste bunkers guard many holes, and numerous grass depressions and mounds line the sculptured fairways. Huge tiered greens challenge putting strokes.
New Orleans is the 11th-oldest host city on the PGA Tour and English Turn was a regular stop on the Tour when it hosted the Zurich Classic from 1989-2004 and again in 2006. Past winners of the Zurich Classic include Billy Casper, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, David Toms, and Vijay Singh.