Feb. 22, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The second-ranked Alabama women's golf team begins play in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf and Country Club on Sunday in one of collegiate women's golf most challenging fields.
English Turn is a par 72, 6,105-yard layout designed by Jack Nicklaus that will play host to five teams inside the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index top 10, 10 teams inside the top 25 and 15 inside the top 50 among the 18-team field.
Along with second-ranked Alabama, the field will include: No. 1 Southern California, No. 3 Duke, No. 5 Florida, No. 10 Purdue, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Baylor, No. 22 UCLA, No. 25 Texas, No. 29 Tulane, No. 35 Auburn, No. 38 LSU, No. 40 Oregon and No. 42 Texas-San Antonio along with Colorado, Ohio State and Tulsa.
Alabama, coming off of a win at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic two weeks ago, will start a lineup that includes junior Stephanie Meadow, freshman Emma Talley, junior Hannah Collier, senior Jennifer Kirby and sophomore Daniela Lendl. The Tide has won back-to-back tournaments (Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational) after finishing second at the Fall Preview at the University of Georgia Golf Course earlier in the fall.
Meadow finished tied for second in Puerto Rico at 2-under-par 214 and leads the team with a 71.58 scoring average. Talley is close behind with a 72.92 stroke average while Kirby is third with a 73.58 average. Lendl, a sophomore from Vero Beach Fla., is coming off of her first top-10 finish, placing tied for ninth in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at 8-over 224.
The 18-team field for the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship features teams that have a combined 16 national championships since 1982. Defending national champion Alabama leads a field that includes Duke, which has claimed five national championships (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007), UCLA with three titles (1991, 2004, 2011) and USC (2003, 2008), Florida (1985, 1986) and Tulsa (1982, 1988) each has two national championships while Purdue won their first crown in 2010.
The first round of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 with teams going off both the first and 10th holes. The second round is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, with the final round on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
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