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The 18th hole at Old Waverly Golf Club is one of the most recognizeable finishing holes in the South.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the first time in Mississippi State women's golf history, the Lady Bulldogswill host a regular season home event on Sept. 10 - 12 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.

GINGER BROWN-LEMM STATEMENT
The golf programs at Miss State are so fortunate to have access to an elite level course like Old Waverly Golf Club. We hone our skills on a regular basis and hope to take advantage of that come tournament time.   

We, as a program, are focusing in on the process. The process and routine that will lead to ultimately good rounds, but start with the simplest and smallest steps.  We are focusing on what we can control which is our attitude, effort and focus.  We are in this for the long haul, and we know what we do everyday will lead to championships.  

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Bryan Family and the professional staff at Old Waverly, as well as the membership for taking such an interest in our success.  We value their commitment to us as a program and facilitating our success.   

Our administration, Scott Stricklin, Duncan McKenzie as well as the Bulldog Club and others have supported our dedication with an expanded budget, support mechanisms and enhanced opportunities.  

Leigh Phillips, our assistant coach, has been unrelenting in her efforts to grow the Maroon Tee Club, the Maroon Tee Classic and the critical facet of college athletics called recruiting.

TOURNAMENT FIELD
"The Waverly" will play host to 11 of the top rising teams in women's collegiate golf. Participating teams include Cincinnati, Memphis, Murray State, Southern Miss, Tulane, South Florida, South Alabama, and Kennesaw State. Representing collegiate golf's premier conference along with the Lady Bulldogs will be Kentucky and Arkansas.

Six Lady Bulldogs will appear in the event. Logan Chaney, Mary Langdon Gallagher, Ally McDonald, Gabi Oubre, Rica Tse and Elena Warren will all sport the Maroon and White. Five will compete as part of the MSU lineup, while the sixth will compete as an individual.

OLD WAVERLY GOLF CLUB
Nestled in the heart of the Golden Triangle, Old Waverly is no stranger to premier golf events. The club has hosted numerous events on it's championship course, including the 1999 U.S. Women's Open. Old Waverly has also hosted the men's and women's SEC Championship, Southern Golf Association Women's and Junior Championships, and the 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.

Designed by U.S. Open winner Jerry Pate and Bob Cupp, the course has been named to Golfweek's Top 100, Golf Digest's Top Course In Mississippi, and Golf Digest's Top 100 courses.

For "The Waverly," the course will play at 6,229 yards. The longest holes fall back-to-back. Holes No. 9 and 10 will be 516 and 517 yards, respectively. Hole No. 3 will be the shortest hole at 160 yards, but it follows a pair of lengthy par 4's.

Players will be greeted by a 163-yard par 3 at No.  17 that is almost exclusively over Lake Waverly. To conclude the back nine, one of the most recognizable 18th holes in the South awaits players. The 385-yard par 4 dog legs around Lake Waverly toward the club house.

TOURNAMENT EVENTS
Action begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, with split tee times.

Tuesday beings with a 9/11 Tribute at 8 a.m. followed by split tee times at 8:30.

"The Waverly" will conclude with final-round action beginning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Wednesday. Following the round an awards ceremony will take place.

SPECTATORS AND GALLERY
Admission to all rounds is free. Fans can enter Old Waverly Golf Club through the Main Gate on Old Waverly Road and can access the designated parking areas for spectators by following signs.

MSU students can earn Bulldog Coalition points by attending each round. Lady Bulldog golfers will be available for pictures and autographs at the conclusion of each day.

Old Waverly Golf Club requests spectators maintain the dignity and respect of the course by following proper golf etiquette.

9/11 TRIBUTE
Prior to Tuesday's second round, participating teams will host a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, around the 18th green. Beginning at 8 a.m., the tribute will include MSU's FCA Director, Bill Buckley; Army and Air Force ROTC Cadets; and members of the Famous Maroon Band.

MORE INFORMATION and SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information about "The Waverly" visit HailState.com or contact the MSU golf office at 662-325-2722.

Live stats and post-round results will be available on HailState.com as well as GolfStat.com.

Updates before and during the tournament can be found by following the women's golf team @mstateWG or by following #TheWaverly on Twitter. Fans can also follow along at facebook.com/mstateWG.


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