NEW ORLEANS – There are no soft landings on the Washington women’s golf schedule. The Dawgs will be back at it this week at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championships against another loaded field. Play beings Sunday for a three-day, 54-hole tournament at the English Turn Golf and Country Club.
No. 4 Washington is one of eight teams in the top-25 with all 17 teams ranked in the top-75. The trio of top-ranked Pac-12 schools headline the field with No. 1 USC, No. 2 UCLA and the Huskies. Also in the top-25 are No. 6 Alabama, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 12 Clemson, No. 16 Florida and No. 24 LSU. The rest of the field consists on Auburn, Tulane, Mississippi State, Denver, Georgia, Baylor, UT San Antonio, Texas and Ole Miss.
This week, the Huskies will have a lineup of SooBin Kim, Charlotte Thomas, Eimi Koga, Ying Luo and Jennifer Yang. Luo led the Huskies in their first tournament of the spring, finishing tied for eighth at the Northrop Grumman Challenge in Southern California.
This is the fourth year of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and the first time Washington has competed in the event. In its short history, the Pac-12 has dominated the tournament with UCLA winning in 2011 and USC defeating the Bruins in a playoff last year. Duke was the other winner, taking the title in 2012.
Individually, Hayley Davis of Baylor is the defending champion and returns to the field. Washington has four players ranked in the top-16 of golfstat.com’s individual rankings, including Kelli Bowers who did not make the lineup this week. Kim, Thomas and Yang are each among the top ranked players in the country, but 13 of the nation’s top-20 players are in the field.
Play will begin at 6 a.m., PT on Monday off the first and 10th tees. The Dawgs will begin at 6:45 a.m. off the first tee, playing with Alabama and Florida.