BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Playing on Easter Sunday, the Mississippi State women’s golf team produced the third-best final round of any team at the Southeastern Conference Championship, while Ally McDonald clinched a top-15 finish.
With a 36-hole score of 621 entering the third round, MSU carded an 8-over-par 296 for its final round to move up two spots in the final standings at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The Bulldogs Sunday round was a mere 25-strokes less than their opening round on Friday.
“I’m proud of the resolve our student-athletes showed to get back to the play we are used to,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “Our play today was inspirational. We were committed to getting a few shots back and finishing as high as possible. We learned some hard lessons from that first day and used them today.”
Entering the day with a share of 24th, McDonald posted her best round of the tournament with an 1-over-par 73 to move into a tie for 14th at 8-over-par 224 for the event. McDonald notched back-to-back birdies on holes 1 and 2 and then a third on the seventh hole to secure her eighth top-25 scorecard of the season.
Senior Mary Langdon Gallagher turned in the lowest round of any Bulldog on the weekend with an even-par 72 round on Sunday. The four-time SEC Championship participant bounced back from consecutive bogeys on her last two holes on her front-nine with two birdies and seven pars on her last nine holes to complete a nine-shot-turnaround from her first to final rounds.
“Im so excited for Mary Langdon and proud of her critical contribution to this program over the last four years,” Brown-Lemm said. “Now we await our assignment for NCAA Regionals.”
Rica Tse and Jessica Peng each notched 4-over-par 76 rounds on Sunday as they both ended the tournament with final scores of 232. Rounding out the Maroon and White lineup was Ji Eun Baik who shot her lowest score in Birmingham with a 3-over-par 75 in her final round.
No. 13 Vanderbilt held on to its lead going into the final round to win the SEC Championship at 15-over-par 879. The Commodores were led by individual champion Simin Feng, who finished with a 7-under-par 209 tournament score.
Brown-Lemm’s squad will know wait to hear its fate on which NCAA Regionals the Bulldogs will be attending on May 8-10. MSU was selected to the NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla. last season, where Ally McDonald won the individual title and MSU finished third to secure its first ever appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Final Round – April 20, 2014
1. No. 13 Vanderbilt (298-287-294=879, +15); 2. No. 6 South Carolina (301-299-290=890, +26); 3. No. 4 Arkansas (294-297-301=892, +28); 4. No. 7 Alabama (302-293-301=896, +32); 5. No. 16 LSU (295-297-306=898, +34); 6. No. 22 Auburn (296-298-306=900, +36) 7. No. 36 Texas A&M (305-302-301=908, +44); T8. Georgia (302-303-304=909, +45); T8. No. 30 Kentucky (313-296-310=909, +45); T10. Missouri (303-303-307=913, +49); T10. No. 19 Florida (304-299-310=913, +49); 12. No. 29 Mississippi State (321-301-296=918, +54); 13. Tennessee (314-293-314=921, +57); 14. Mississippi (313-305-307=925, +61)
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T14. Ally McDonald 77-74-73=224, +8
T44. Jessica Peng 83-73-76=232, +16
T44. Rica Tse 82-74-76=232, +16
T49. Mary Langdon Gallagher 81-80-72=233, +17
T61. Ji Eun Baik 81-80-75=236, +20
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