SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will open up its spring season when it travels to New Orleans, La., to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. The three-day tournament is slated to tee off on Sunday at English Turn Golf & Country Club (par 72/6,140 yards).
The Roadrunners will compete against a loaded field that includes four top-10 teams — No. 1 USC, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Washington and No. 9 Alabama — nine additional top-50 programs in No. 11 Clemson, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Florida, No. 23 LSU, No. 24 Auburn, No. 31 Tulane, No. 34 Mississippi State, No. 44 Denver and No. 47 Georgia, along with Baylor, Mississippi and Texas.
The 54-hole event begins with tee times at 9 a.m. on Sunday and Monday, followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.
UTSA finished 17th at last year’s event carding a 614 (298-316). Paola Valerio led the team by tying for 45th with a 77-75—152, while Brogan Townend tied for 51st (74-79—153).
The Roadrunners last played at The Alamo Invitational on Oct. 27-29, where they tied for fifth (860), behind Taylor Newlin’s seventh-place showing (69-70-74—213).
What: Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championships
When: Sunday, Feb. 23 — Tuesday, Feb. 25
Where: English Turn Golf & Country Club (par 72/6,140 yards)
Tournament Field: #9 Alabama, #24 Auburn, Baylor, #11 Clemson, #44 Denver, #18 Florida, #47 Georgia, #23 LSU, Mississippi, #34 Mississippi State, #12 Oklahoma State, Texas, #31 Tulane, #2 UCLA, #1 USC, UTSA, #4 Washington
Format: 54 holes, 18 each day (Tee times starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday and Monday followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday)
Live Scoring: golfstat.com
Tournament Website: tulanegreenwave.com
2013 Team Champion: UCLA (+4)
2013 Individual Champion: Hayley Davis, Baylor (-4)
Fabiola Arriaga, Sr. (Torreon, Mexico)
· Leads the squad with a 73.55 stroke average
· Tied for 13th at The Alamo Invitational after carding a 214 (68-74-72)
· Stands 37th in the NCAA in pars per round (12.27)
Chelsea Bretcher, Sr. (Austin, Texas)
· Registered a final-round 70 to tie for 48th (224) at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
· Tied for 27th with a 73-78-73—224 at the 2011 The Alamo Invitational
· Recorded a 78.78 stroke average in the fall
Taylor Newlin, Sr. (Frisco, Texas)
· Tied for seventh at The Alamo Invitational with a 69-70-74—213
· Ranks third on the team with a 75.09 stroke average
· Carded a 74-75—149 to tie for 39th at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate
Aimee Ponte, Fr. (St. Sampson's, U.K.)
· Ranks fourth in the NCAA in fairways hit (.926)
· Tied for 32nd at The Alamo Invitational with a 74-75-70—219
· Owns a 76.38 stroke average to rank fourth on the team
Brogan Townend, So. (Blackburn, England)
· Ranks second on the squad with a 73.82 stroke average
· Registered a second-round 67 to tie for 13th at The Alamo Invitational
· Tied for 17th with a 78-73-72—223 at The “Mo”Morial on Sept. 9-11