The 2015 All-American graduate of Mississippi State now assume the duties as volunteer assistant coach.
A standout golfer for the Bulldogs, McDonald received many awards and holds almost every individual record in school history, including most rounds in the 60’s, lowest stroke average, birdies and rounds played.
As a senior, she shot both a school and course record 63 after 18 holes at the Schooner Fall Classic let her hold the course and school record of lowest score card. She won the Schooner Fall Classic, as well as the Old Waverly Invitational en route to earning All-SEC and All-American honors.
A native Fulton, Miss., she has competed in three LPGA Tour, events, with her best finish comin at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in August, where she fired 3-under and placed 41. She also qualified for the U.S. Open for the second-consecutive year.
Senior Year: (2014-15):
Returning for her final year as a Bulldog, Ally McDonald has exceeded the already high expectations set for her this season. Finishing under par in three of the nine tournaments played this season, McDonald has racked up five Top 10 finishes, and all except one of the rest being Top 25 finishes. Having two No. 1 finishes in a row, at the Schooner Fall Classic and The Old Waverly Invite, she set the course and school record with a 63 in the final round at the Schooner. McDonald finished highest on the team at the SEC Championship at tied for 12, firing a 69 in the second round of the event, marking the only time in her career she has shot in the 60’s at the SEC Championship. McDonald was recently nominated for the McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award. As well as being named to the watch list Annika Award.
First Team All- American honors for the second-straight year after finishing last an impressive year beating her own school-record season scoring average with 71.48. McDonald helped the United States win the Curtis Cup as well as play for the Women’s U.S. Open and earning an All-American Scholar honor from the coaches Association for the third time. This summer Ally had an impressive run at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She punched her ticket to match play as she finished tied for 33. Only the Top 64 advance. McDonald also participated in the North and South Amateur Tournament, a title she won in 2012-13. This year she came up just short as she fell 2 &1. McDonald also finished fourth in the NCAA Championship. She competed in eleven events this season where she had a low of 235 stokes on 54 holes and 7 Top 10 finishes.
Sophomore Year (2012-13):
Fired back-to-back 69’s to conclude the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational and secure a share of third-place ... Turned in her sixth-career and second-consecutive Top 10 finish in the Johnie Imes Invitational ... Notched another Top 25 finish with he second-straight 2-over-par 220 card ... Claimed her first-career win in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown when she tied for first ... Posted her fifth-consecutive Top 25 finish in the Westbrook Invitational while pacing the Lady Bulldogs to a share of fourth-place with No. 50 Indiana ... Tied for fourth after a 4-over-par 214 in the SunTrust Gator Invitational and earned SEC Player of the Week honors for her showing ... Paced MSU with a 228 in the Briar’s Creek Invitational, turning in her eighth-consecutive Top 10 finish ... Tied the school record a 210 in the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate while setting a personal best and tying a program second-best with an opening-round 68 ... Posted her fifth Top 5 finish in the last seven events with a share of third place in the SEC Championships ... Posted a school record 10-under-par 206 to win the NCAA Central Regional, her second-career win ... Garnered national Player of the Week honors from GolfWeek.com following her regional win ... Posted her fourth-straight and ninth Top 10 finish of the season at the NCAA Championships ... Broke or tied every individual single-season school record ... Garnered NGCA First-Team All-American honors, becoming the first Lady Bulldog to do so since 1995.
Freshman Year (2011-12):
Made her career debut in the Bettie Lou Evans Inv., tying for 17th after back-to-back 77's to open the event ... Led the team in the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational with a 217 ... Showed her promise as she narrowly missed a Top 25 finish at the prestigious SEC/PAC-12 Challenge... Posted a fourth-place 217 card at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Inv. ... Turned in her third Top 25 of the season in Orlando ... Showed remarkable bounce-back ability in the Gator Women's Inv. after struggling through the first round ... Turned in a 4-under-par 212, second-place card at the John Kirk/Panther Int. while making numerous entries into the MSU record book ... Turned in her third Top 25 finish of the spring at the Rebel Intercollegiate ... Led the Lady Bulldogs with a 234 in the SEC Championship ... Became the first MSU player since 2007 to appear in the postseason, posting a 226 in the NCAA West Regional.
Prior to MSU:
Became the first female to ever win the boys’ Mississippi state championship title in May … Ranked as high as fifth-nationally in the Polo Jr. Golf Rankings … Claimed the Mississippi Women’s Golf Amateur Championship at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at the Pearl River Resort … Finished tied for third in the 2010 U.S. Girls Junior Championship … Posted a Top 25 finish at the 2010 Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Itawamba Agricultural High School graduate ... Born October 25, 1992 ... Daughter of Angie and Jamie McDonald.