Several of the nation’s top teams will compete in the tournament, which features No. 1 ranked USC, fifth-ranked Washington and No. 10 Arizona. Pepperdine is ranked 15th in the latest coaches poll.
UCLA has won three tournaments this season, most recently the Allstate Sugar Bowl Feb. 25 at English Turn GC near New Orleans. The Bruins set a 54-hole tournament record with a 21-under par score of 843 and a single round tournament scoring record of 277 (-11) last Monday.
UCLA’s top finisher in Louisiana was freshman Alison Lee, currently ranked second nationally by GolfStat. Lee posted a three-round score of 210 (-6) to record her fifth Top 10 finish in six starts. Through 18 rounds this season, she is 26-under par with a pair of victories and leads the team with a scoring average of 70.3.
Junior Erynne Lee tied for sixth at English Turn to record her fourth Top 10 finish this season. Through six starts, she’s averaging 71.1 and is 12-under par with a victory at the season-opening Mason Rudolph Classic. In the second round of the Sugar Bowl, Lee posted a 66 (-6), tying her season best score.
Freshman Bronte Law is ranked 11th nationally with a victory at the Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii. Through 18 rounds, she is averaging 71.5 and is six-under par. At English Turn she tied for 17th.
Sophomore Louise Ridderstrom has improved her national ranking by more than 80 spots since last year with her stellar play this season. She finished the 2013 season ranked No. 142, and was ranked 59th in the latest GolfStat poll. She is averaging 73.0 after tying for 11th place at the Sugar Bowl.
Senior Ani Gulugian also improved her national standing, jumping to 51st in the GolfStat poll after tying for 14th in Louisiana. She is averaging 73.1 with seven rounds under par, one shy of her personal season record.
El Caballero will play to a par of 72 over 6,173 yards. Thirty-six holes will be played on Mon., Mar. 3, followed by 18 on Tues., Mar. 4. Admission to the tournament is free.