MSU Secures Place In Championship Bracket, McDonald Tied For Sixth

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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.

Closing out the Bulldogs lineup were Mary Langdon Gallagher and Ji Eun Baik who turned in 78 and 79 scorecards, respectively. 

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.

Updates will be provided on the Mississippi State women’s golf Twitter account, @HailStateWG, and Facebook page, facebook.com/HailStateWG.

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)

MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T6.             Ally McDonald                             71, -1
T15.           Rica Tse                                       74, +2
T30.           Jessica Peng                               76, +4
T45.           Mary Langdon Gallagher          78, +6
T51.           Ji Eun Baik                                   79, +7


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