Golfers Tee It Up in New Orleans Sunday
Feb. 23, 2013
The UCLA women's golf team, ranked 25th nationally, travels to New Orleans this weekend to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, Feb. 24-26, at English Turn Golf and Country Club.
Fourteen of the nation's Top 25 teams are competing this weekend, including No. 1 USC, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Florida and fourth-ranked Alabama. In their victory at the Regional Challenge, the Bruins beat USC by nine shots. Duke and Florida placed third and fifth, respectively.
Hall of Fame Coach Carrie Forsyth recognizes the importance of performing well in the Spring season.
"We have a lot of really strong tournaments coming up and we just have to get out there and play well, and beat these teams that are in front of us," said Forsyth in an article in Friday's Daily Bruin.
The return of senior All-American Tiffany Lua to the Bruins' lineup makes a major difference. Lua finished in a tie for fifth at the Regional Challenge after a five-month layoff due to a wrist injury. Sophomore Erynne Lee won the event with a 54-hole score of even par 213. Lua tied with teammate Lee Lopez, also an All-American. Freshman Louise Ridderstrom recorded her best career result, tying for 15th place, and junior Ani Gulugian tied for 25th.
Twenty of the country's Top 50 players will be competing at English Turn, including top-ranked Kelsey Vines of Oklahoma State, No 5 Camilla Hedberg of Florida and seventh-ranked Lindy Duncan of Duke -- all players that Lee defeated by capturing medalist honors at the Regional Challenge.
English Turn will play to a par of 72 over 6,105 yards. Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the first and second rounds. The Bruins will tee off from the first hole on Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST.
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