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Lady Bulldogs Fifth Entering Final Round Of Westbrook Invitational

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Sophomore Ally McDonald fired a 6-over-par 150 and is tied for 17th entering Monday's final round of the Westbrook Invitational.
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PEORIA, Ariz. - Battling cool temperatures and wind gusts over 30 miles-per-hour, the Mississippi State women's golf team earned a share of fifth-place through two rounds of the Westbrook Invitational at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.

The Lady Bulldogs found themselves third at the end of round one after firing an 11-over-par 299. During the day's second 18 holes, they notched a 307. MSU's two-round 606 tied No. 42 Wisconsin for fifth-place, just three shots back of fourth.

"I thought we came out strong in the first round and handled the weather conditions very well," said third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. "We struggled a little in the second round but these 36-hole days really test your endurance both mentally and physically. The girls are exceptional 'one-shot warriors' and must continue with that mindset. We have the opportunity to knock off a few teams ranked ahead of us tomorrow so we are in a good position."

Three Lady Bulldogs are on pace for a Top 25 finish. Ally McDonald paced the squad with 17th-place, 6-over-par 150. Holes No. 12-15 gave the sophomore standout fits during the two rounds as she was 5-over on those four holes alone.

Elena Warren trailed McDonald by a single shot with a career-best 36-hole card of 151. Her opening-round 75 is also a season-best. The Austin, Texas, native is tied for 20th and on pace for her first-career Top 25 finish.

Junior Mary Langdon Gallagher fired a season-best 8-over-par 152 en route to a share of 22nd place.

Freshman Gabi Oubre' matched Warren and Gallagher's first-round 75 before turning in an 80 for the second round. Rica Tse rounded out the Lady Bulldog leaderboard with a 157.

SEC-foe and seventh-ranked Arkansas is currently the tournament leader with a 7-over-par 583, while No. 9 Washington and No. 15 Texas Tech are each just two strokes back.

Elin Arvidsson (Texas Tech), SooBoo Kim (Washington) and Gabriele Lopez (Arkansas) all carded 2-under-par 142's and are tied atop the individual leaderboard entering the final round.

Final-round action begins Monday at 9:30 a.m. CST with the Lady Bulldogs set to tee off along side Wisconsin and Kansas State.

Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the women's golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG

Westbrook Invitational
Second Round - February 24, 2013

TEAM RESULTS
1. No. 7 Arkansas (296-287=583, +7); T2. No. 9 Washington (291-294=585, +9); T2. No. 15 Texas Tech (300-285=585, +9); 4. Kansas State (303-300=603, +27); T5. Mississippi State (299-307=606, +30); T5. No. 42 Wisconsin (305-301=606, +30); T7. Eastern Michigan (308-303=611, +35); T7. No. 50 Indiana (306-305=611, +35); 8. Iowa (304-308=612, +36); 9. Colorado State (316-300=616, +40); 11. Washington State (314-301=615, +39); 12. Illinois (310-309=619, +43); 13. Nebraska (315-320=635, +59).

MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T17.     Ally McDonald   74-76=150, +6
T20.     Elena Warren    75-76=151, +7
T22.     M. L. Gallagher 75-77=152, +8
T42.     Gabi Oubre'      75-80=155, +11
T52.     Rica Tse           79-78=157, +13


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