Women’s Golf struggles at Sugar Bowl Championship

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Golfer Gabrielle Correia was one of two Green Wave players in the top 50 at the Sugar Bowl tournament. Correia and the rest of women's golf are looking forward to their upcoming tournament at Clemson.

Last week, the Tulane women’s golf team hosted the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, from Feb. 18-20, on its home course. This was its eighth year hosting the tournament.

Many top teams participated in the Sugar Bowl, including six of the nation’s top 25 teams. These included No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 11 University of Southern California, No. 13 Michigan State University, No. 18 University of Florida, No. 20 University of Denver and No. 21 University of Houston. Florida dominated the tournament, playing a 873(+9), and winning both the team competition and the single competition. The team also clinched the tournament in 2016.

Tulane placed 17th overall, with a 942(+78) as its final score on the 54-hole tournament. The Green Wave posted a 314(+26) during the first round, a 311(+23) during the second and finished off the tournament with a 317(+29) for the third round.

Two Tulane players, Laura Munoz and Gabrielle Correia, managed top 50 finishes during the weekend. Munoz and Correia tied for 45th overall. Sofia Goicoechea played Tulane’s best individual round, snagging a 74(+2) in the second round. Goicoechea finished tied for 65th.

“It was real exciting just ’cause we got to the host the tournament, one, and two, we had some many great teams there, and it’s always such a competitive field,” Correia said. “I was able to finish it out and tough it out and come up with a good score.”

The Tulane team as a whole has struggled this season. The team also fell short at the University of Central Florida Challenge earlier this year, placing 16th. The team is, however, still in good spirits. Despite challenges, players have set their sights high for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve obviously struggled just a little bit, but I know that we’re all really excited …,” said Correia. “We all come with a good attitude to practice, and we all have a lot of goals that we haven’t accomplished yet, so I know that everyone’s super excited to finish the season … I know we want to place well in the next couple tournaments and hopefully have a shot at winning conference and then going to NCAAs …”

This month, the team will head to the Clemson Invitational March 23-25 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, South Carolina. It will then conclude the regular season in early April with the Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Resort, North Course in Napa, California.