No. 2 UCLA takes home title at Tulane Sugar Bowl tournament
No. 1 Southern California, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Alabama at the Tulane Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- Second-ranked UCLA took home the team title after finishing as the runner-up a year ago. The Bruins 21-under 843 total is the team tournament record for a 54-holes. UCLA edged Pac-12 rival and top-ranked Southern California, the 2011 and 2013 champions, by six strokes. Florida was third, followed by Denver in fourth place and Clemson and Alabama each tied for fifth place.
"We putted quite well the last two rounds, starting out yesterday afternoon making some putts," UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth said. "Our team usually hits it pretty well and we hit it pretty close. The thing is whether or not we can make our putts. We were able to do that the last two days and that was a big part of it today.
"With not knowing the conditions here with the amount of rain we were having and if we were going to be able to play each day, every shot become so important because you don't know how many holes you're going to be able to get in or how many rounds you're going to be able to complete. We were really in a mindset that we were going to go out and attack the course. We never had a bad lie because the conditions and the conditions they had to put into effect. Playing from the rough lies all the time, you have to make sure you can make your putts when you have to."
In the individual race, Auburn's Marta Sanz set the tournament 54-hole total individual record with an 8-under 208 to capture 2014 individual medalist honors after starting the day in third place. Denver's Tonje Daffinrud finished second with a 7-under 209.