The Bruins, who won a pair of Fall tournaments, tied for first place in this event a year ago. The 2014 version of the invitational features many of the same teams, including top-ranked USC, fourth-ranked Washington, No. 6 Alabama and No. 9 Oklahoma State.
"Our team is very excited to return to the Allstate Sugar Bowl this week, said Hall of Fame Coach Carrie Forsyth. "English Turn Golf Club is a first-class course, and New Orleans is always an exciting place to visit."
The Bruins tied for fourth in their last event – the Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club. Freshmen Bronte Law (T3, 215) and Alison Lee (T18, 220) were UCLA’s top finishers.
"We are looking to improve on our spring opening at Palos Verdes," Forsyth continued. "We made some adjustments to our practice routines this past week, so as a coach, I am looking forward to seeing how this change in our preparation will translate into our play. The team has worked very hard and they look ready to go. It should be a great event for the Bruins."
Currently in the GolfStat individual national rankings, Alison Lee is ranked second, junior Erynne Lee is ninth and Law is No. 12. Also among the Top 100 are UCLA sophomore Louise Ridderstrom at No. 91 and senior Ani Gulugian at No. 99.
Alison Lee leads the team with a scoring average of 70.4 and is 20-under par in 15 rounds. Erynne Lee is next at 71.2 (-7), followed by Law at 71.4 (-6).
The English Turn golf course will play to a par of 72 over 6,140 yards. Format for the tournament will be 54 holes of stroke play over three days of competition, which runs through Feb. 25.
Following the Sugar Bowl event, UCLA and Pepperdine will host the annual Bruin Wave Invitational, Mar. 3-4 at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif.
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