Feb. 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 10th-ranked Purdue women's golf team is set to compete at the third-annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans, La., from Feb. 24 to 26. Tulane will serve as host for the three-day tournament at the English Turn Golf and Country Club, which is set up as a par-72, 6,105 yard venue for the event.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl had been ranked as the third-best women's collegiate tournament for the spring season by Golf Digest, attracting four of the top-five teams in the Golfweek poll. Top-ranked Southern California, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Duke and No. 5 Florida will be joined by 11 top-50 teams, including No. 10 Purdue, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 22 Baylor, No. 23 UCLA, No. 25 Texas, No. 29 Tulane, No. 34 Auburn, No. 37 LSU, No. 40 Oregon and No. 42 UTSA. No. 52 Ohio State, No. 66 Tulsa, and No. 80 Colorado round out the talented 18-team field.
Duke enters this year's field as the defending team champion. Last year, the Blue Devils fired a 13-over 877 total to edge runner-up Colorado by three strokes. Colorado's Alex Stewart is the defending individual medalist after she fired a 5-under 211 last season.
The 2013 field features both of the first two team champions and individual medalists of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship. With Duke returning as the defending champion, the Blue Devils will face off against the 2011 champions, USC.
In the individual race, Colorado's Alex Stewart returns as the defending medalist while Alabama's Stephanie Meadow, the 2011 medalist, returns for the third straight year.
The Boilermakers are coming off a seventh-place finish at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Senior Paula Reto was the top individual for Purdue shooting a one-under par 215 for a fourth place finish. Reto captured the Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor after pacing her team at the tournament. Reto is ranked No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and is leading Purdue with a season stroke average of 72.15.
Purdue did not compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate last season, but finished tied for fifth in the event in 2011.
The first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl will begin on Sunday, Feb. 24 with tee times on holes No. 1 and 10 beginning at 8 a.m. ET. Tee times and live scoring will be available at golfstat.com and daily recaps will be posted at purduesports.com.