Women’s Golf Heads to New Orleans for Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Coming off of one-round competition to open the spring season, the Kansas women’s golf team will head to New Orleans to compete in a 54-hole Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans Feb. 22-24.
The Jayhawks will travel five players to New Orleans which will include junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, senior Minami Levonowich, sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee, freshman Pitsinee Winyarat and senior Gabriella DiMarco. At the Feb. 8 Kansas-Tulsa duel at the Patriot Golf Course in Owasso, Oklahoma, Levonowich tied for individual honors shooting a one-under 71, tying her lowest career round as a Jayhawk.
Kansas is looking to carry its momentum from the 2014 fall season, where the Jayhawks finished in the top-five in every tournament as a team.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate will have a 15-team field with nine teams ranked in the in the NCAA top 25 rankings according to Golf World/WGCA. Joining Kansas in the field will be: (9) Arizona, (15) Clemson, Denver, (24) Florida, (14) LSU, (20) Michigan State, Mississippi State, (18) Oklahoma State, Texas, host Tulane, (16) Central Florida, (2) UCLA, UTSA and (10) Vanderbilt.
“It’s excellent competition.” Kansas coach Erin O’Neil described about the field at the Allstate Intercollegiate. “This whole spring, we are going to be playing against some of the best teams in the country, which is really exciting and this is a good opportunity to see where we are and where we need to improve. I know the team is really excited to compete against the best and I think it will really help us down the road in conference and any post season play.”
The English Turn Golf & Country Club, which was established in 1988, is a par-72 that measures 6,189 yards and is known for having numerous bunkers and water hazards. It is designed with lakes surrounding the golf course giving a separation from the city of New Orleans and the golf course itself.
“It will be important to be very accurate with our shots off the tee and even into the greens,” O’Neil said. “There are a lot of island greens surrounded by water so we will need to be not only accurate but confident as well. Everyone has been working real hard. We have seen great effort in the winter. Everybody has been getting out and getting good practice in, so I feel good about everybody. “
The tournament will begin Sunday, Feb. 22 and run through Tuesday, Feb. 24 with 18 holes each day. Live scoring for the event can be found at www.Golfstat.com.
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