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Tulsa's Shu-Yin Liu in 20th Place at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate

Shu-Yin Liu is in 20th place after the opening round of the prestigious Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.
Shu-Yin Liu is in 20th place after the opening round of the prestigious Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.
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Feb. 24, 2013

New Orleans, La. - In an 18-team field, 10 squads which are ranked among the nation's top-25, the prestigious Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship got underway Sunday morning. The Tulsa women's golf team shot a score of 306 for 18th place after the first round, but senior Shu-Yin Liu is in 20th place in one of the nation's toughest individual fields this year.

Liu carded an even-par 72, while fellow senior Kristina Merkle scored a round of 74 on Sunday afternoon at the par-72 English Turn Golf and Country Club. Merkle finished the day in 44th place overall.

Starting the round on hole 10, Liu went birdie-birdie-par-birdie for a three-under par score after four holes. She bogeyed the par-5 15th hole and made the turn at two-under par. On her final nine holes, however, Liu was two-over par with three bogeys and a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. Merkle was four-over par after her first 14 holes, but birdied the par-5 sixth hole and par-4 ninth hole to finished the day with her two-over par 74 score.

Tulsa's Antonia Von Wnuck's round of 78 puts her in 77th place, while Heather Smith, in her first collegiate tournament for the Golden Hurricane, carded a round of 82 for 87th place and Karson Bizzell is one stroke back with a score of 83 for 88th place.

Host Tulane holds a one-stroke lead over the nation's No. 2-ranked Duke Blue Devils and No. 25 UCLA. Tulane carded a six-under par 282, while Duke and UCLA sit at 283, followed by #4-ranked Alabama (285) and #3-ranked Florida (286) rounding out the top-5 teams.

Individually, Tulane's Emily Penttila finished the first day with a five-under par 67 to lead the field, while teammate Gemma Dryburgh and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow are tied for second place one stroke back at four-under par 68.



The second round gets underway Monday morning at 9:00 am in a shotgun start as bad weather is anticipated for New Orleans, while the tournament will close-out on Wednesday with the final 18 rounds

Team Results
1.	Tulane	        282
T2.	Duke	        283
T2.	UCLA	        283
4.	Alabama	        285
5.	Florida	        286
6.	Southern Cal	287
7.	Baylor	        290
8.	LSU	        291
T9.	Texas	        294
T9.	Oklahoma	294
11.	Purdue	        295
12.	Texas A&M	296
T13.	Oregon	        298
T13	UTSA	        298
15.	Ohio State	299
16.	Auburn	        302
17.	Colorado	303
18.	Tulsa	        306

Tulsa Individual Results T20. Shu-Yin Liu 72 T41. Kristina Merkle 74 T77. Antonia Von Wnuck 78 87 Heather Smith 82 88. Karson Bizzell 83

Top-5 Individuals 1. Emily Penttila, Tulane 67 (-5) T2. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane 68 (-4) T2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 68 (-4) T4. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas 69 (-3) T4. Lee Lopez, UCLA 69 (-3) T4. Camilla Hedberg, Florida 69 (-3)