MSU Improves, McDonald In Top 25 At SEC Championship

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Following a dampened opening day, the Mississippi State women’s golf team made a great turnaround in the second round of the SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, while Ally McDonald moved into the top-25.  

After an opening round score of 321, the Bulldogs improved by 20 strokes to post a 13-over-par 301 in the second round.

“Better day today,” fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We had some successes out there, and we worked on some things after the round. I feel we are making headway going into the postseason.”   

Sporting a 2-over-par 74 second round, McDonald holds a share of 24th at 7-over-par 151 after two rounds. The All-American began her day with a par-par-birdie stretch and added two more birdies on the back nine to complete a three-shot-turnaround from Friday’s round.

Freshman Peng notched the lowest score for MSU in the second round with a 1-over-par 73 round with four birdies.  The freshman Peng tallied her four birdies with four consecutive birdies on her final holes of the day to clinch a second round that was 10-strokes better than her opening round.

Rica Tse also made great strides of improvement as she made an eight-shot-improvement from her first round with a 2-over-par 74 second round. The Auckland, New Zealand, native fired a birdie on the second hole and 14 pars for a steady performance on Saturday.

Mary Langdon Gallagher and Ji Eun Baik each have 161 36-hole scores to round out the Maroon and White lineup.

No. 13 Vanderbilt is the leader heading into the third round at 9-over-par 585. The Commodore duo of Simin Feng and Jenny Hahn are tied with Janie Jackson of Alabama for the top individual score at 1-under-par 143.

Brown-Lemm’s squad will tee off its final round Sunday at 9:10 a.m. CST paired up with in-state rivals Ole Miss on hole 10.

Live stats and post-round results will be available through and

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

SEC Championship
Second Round – April 19, 2014

1. No. 13 Vanderbilt (298-287=585, +9); 2. No. 4 Arkansas (294-297=591, +15); 3. No. 16 LSU (295-297=592, +16); 4. No. 22 Auburn (296-298=594, +18); 5. No. 7 Alabama (302-293=595, +19); 6. No. 6 South Carolina (301-299=600, +24) 7. No. 19 Florida (304-299=603, +27); 8. Georgia (302-303=605, +29); 9. Missouri (303-303=606, +30); 10. Tennessee (314-293=607, +31); T10. No. 36 Texas A&M (305-302=607, +31); 12. No. 30 Kentucky (313-296=609, +33); 13. Mississippi (313-305=618, +42); 14. No. 29 Mississippi State (321-301=622, +46)

T24.     Ally McDonald                ​          77-74=151, +7
T50.     Jessica Peng​​​                            83-73=156, +12
T50.     Rica Tse​​                                    82-74=156, +12
T66.     Mary Langdon Gallagher      81-80=161, +17
T66.     Ji Eun Baik                               81-80=161, +17

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