Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bronte Law shows she's made of the right stuff 

with comeback from opening 78 to finish T21

   Joint winners Sydney Cavin (left) and Sarah Burnham (right) with an organising official at the conclusion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at New Orleans.

Great performance by English champion Bronte Law (UCLA) from Bramhall, Cheshire to fight back from an opening round of 78 and post scores of 72 and 69 (equal best last round in a field of 90)  to finish T21 on three-over 219 for a 6,239yd course in the Allstate Sugar Bowl college tournament at English Turn Golf and Country Club, New Orleans.

Bronte,  pictured left, in her final round halves of 35 and 34, birdied the first and long second, bogeyed the fifth and parred the rest with just one outstanding exception - an eagle 2 at the par-4, 355yd 16th!
Alice Hewson from Berkhamsted and a student at Clemson University seemed to peak with a first-round, two-under 70. It was all uphill after that - a 74 in Round 2 and then a seven-over 79 (41-38) in her final round in which she started with a double bogey 6 and she also finished with a double bogey 6 for a total of 223 and a T36 finish.
Alice did have two birdies in among the bogeys on the last day - at the short third and long 11th. 
Alison Knowles from Yorkshire, a final year student at Michigan State, shot 77, 70 and 77 (she also had a double bogey 6 at the first). Alison finished T42 on 224 but she did have the satisfaction of seeing team-mate Sarah Burnham (70-71-70) tie with Sydney Cavin (Louisiana State) (69-73-69) for individual honours on five-under 211.
They don't have play-offs these days - Sarah and Cavin were announced as joint winners.
Jessica Carty from Holywood, Belfast and a third-year student at Denver University, finished T48 on 225 with three rounds of 75.
In her final round, after a double bogey 6 at the 14th and a bogey at the 16th, Jess birdied the short 17th and the par-4 18th for 37 home.
Another Denver student, Sophie Newlove, a freshman from Nottingham, did not have a good tournament. Her good form of earlier in the season deserted her as she failed to break 80 in any of the three rounds - 82-83-80 - for 245 and a T86 finish in a field of 90.
Put it down to experience, Sophie  ... better days will come, I'm sure.
Florida (862) won the team title by ONE stroke from Oklahoma State with Alabama (868) third and Arizone (870) fourth: certainly a tight finish!
Bronte Law's UCLA (886) tied for sixth place; Michigan State (887) tied for eighth place; Denver (897) tied for 13th place and Clemson (902) finished 15th of the 17 teams.