HANAHAN, S.C. – Establishing a spot in the championship bracket, the Mississippi State women’s golf team finished the opening round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Championships with a share of fifth, while Ally McDonald is tied for sixth.
The Bulldogs produced an opening round score of 11-over-par 299 Friday to set a matchup with Southeastern Conference foe No. 10 Alabama Saturday.
"Today was a very solid round with the tough conditions,” said MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. “We got some quality wins over a few top-25 teams, and have placed ourselves in a position to compete for the tournament title.”
As one of only 10 golfers to shoot even-par or better, All-American McDonald turned in a 1-under-par 71 opening round score. McDonald got off to a great start with a birdie-par-birdie stretch to open the tournament and ended the round with a birdie on hole 18.
Junior Rica Tse notched birdies on holes 9 and 16 to claim MSU’s second best scorecard at 2-over-par 74. The Auckland, New Zealand, native ended her day in a tie for 15th with 12 pars.
Freshman Jessica Peng closed out her first round with a birdie on the 18th hole to secure a tie for 30th at 4-over-par 76. Peng showed great perseverance by bouncing back from consecutive bogeys to start the day with a par-par-birdie stretch.
No. 23 Northwestern earned the top seed, following an 11-under-par 277 Friday round. Hana Lee of the Wildcats and Gaby Lopez of No. 4 Arkansas are the individual leaders at 6-under-par 66.
The Bulldogs second-round matchup with the Crimson Tide will tee off on Saturday at 7:50 a.m. CST on hole 1. Depending on the results of the match play round, Brown-Lemm’s squad will play either the Razorbacks or NC State at 12:50 p.m. CST.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com. Check above for the link to the updated bracket for the match play rounds.
1. No. 23 Northwestern (277, -11); 2. No. 4 Arkansas (291, +3); 3. No. 10 Alabama (293, +5); 4. No. 1 USC (294, +6); T5. No. 28 Auburn (299, +11); T5. No. 36 Mississippi State (299, +11); 7. No. 41 Denver (304, +16); 8. No. 26 NC State (305, +17); T9. No. 20 Michigan State (307, +19); T9. No. 31 Texas A&M (307, +19); T11. No. 50 Georgia (308, +20); T11. No. 22 Iowa State (308, +20); 13. Indiana (312, +24); 14. Troy (316, +28); 15. Daytona State (318, +30); 16. Georgetown (322, +34)