Feb. 22, 2014
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor women's golf team is headed to New Orleans for the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, hosted by Tulane University.
The three-day, 54-hole event, which begins Sunday, is held at the par-72, 6,140-yard English Turn Golf & Country Club. The 17-team field includes Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Denver, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Tulane, UCLA, USC, UTSA and Washington.
"It's a good chance for us to go out and get some good experience against some good teams on a difficult golf course," head coach Jay Goble said. "They used to have a PGA tour event at this golf course, so it's very difficult."
Baylor, which is ranked No. 61 in the latest GolfStat rankings, will be competing in the tournament for the third time in program history. Hayley Davis was the tournament's individual champion last year with a score of 4-under-par 140, and she finished in second place at last week's Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge.
"Hayley is getting comfortable with her golf game again, and she's obviously playing well after last week, so going to a golf course where you have good memories and feel comfortable is always a good thing," said Goble. "I think she's going to do well, and she's going to help us out a lot."
The Lady Bears' lineup for the tournament includes Davis, freshman Louise Gateau-Chovelon, sophomores Laura Lonardi and Natalia Perez and freshman Hadas Libman.
Seven teams in the 17-team field are ranked in the top 25, including No. 6 Alabama, No. 12 Clemson, No. 18 Florida, No. 25 LSU, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 1 USC and No. 4 Washington.
"Everything we do at this time of the year is just in preparation to get us going toward postseason, so I think any experience we get right now against those teams on a hard golf course is going to be helpful for us," Goble added.
BU players will tee off from the 10th hole in Sunday's first round, with Libman taking the first tee time at 9:45 a.m. CT. She will be followed in nine-minute intervals by Perez, Lonardi, Gateau-Chovelon and Davis, respectively.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available on www.GolfStat.com. Follow the official twitter feed of Baylor women's golf, @BaylorWGolf, for updates throughout the season.