Women's Golf Posts Fourth-Place Finish In Westbrook Invitational

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Sophomore standout Ally McDonald notched a 72 during Monday's round, while her 6-over-par 222 earned her a share of 13th.
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PEORIA, Ariz. - Following a grueling 36-holes on Sunday, the Mississippi State women's golf team rebounded to match a season second-best 9-over-par 297 in the final round of the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. The Lady Bulldogs' tournament card of 903 tied No. 50 Indiana for fourth-place.

"Today was a very competitive round as there were several of us under or around par," third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "We, as a team, stumbled a bit with a few bogeys coming in, but it worked out for us to get a tie for fourth."

The fourth-place sitting falls behind three Top 15 teams: No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 7 Arkansas and No. 9 Washington. MSU's 903 ties its second-best card of the year behind the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational's 898 and matches the sixth-lowest tally in the Brown-Lemm era.

Sophomore standout Ally McDonald notched a 72 during Monday's round, while her 6-over-par 222 earned her a share of 13th. It is her third Top 25 this year and 11th in 15 career events.

Elena Warren turned in a final-round 76 to post a 227, just one stroke shy of her first-career Top 25 finish. Rica Tse regrouped after opening with a 79 and 78 during Sunday's first two rounds to post a final-round 1-over-par 73.

Gabi Oubre' and Mary Langdon Gallagher rounded of the Lady Bulldogs' leaderboard with a 231 and 233, respectively.

"We are very proud of our squad this week," Brown-Lemm said. "We finished just behind the fourth-, seventh- and 15th-ranked teams in the nation with one junior, three sophomores and a freshman. I'm very proud of the foundation this team has built for the spring and hope it will help us reach our goal of making the first round of the NCAA Championship."

15th-ranked Texas Tech claimed the Westbrook Invitational title with a 2-under-par 862. The Red Raiders clipped No. 7 Arkansas and No. 9 Washington by firing a final-round 11-under-par 277.

Gabriela Lopez of Arkansas garnered the individual crown with an 8-under-par 208. Her third-round 6-under-par 66 broke a three-way tie for the lead.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action Friday, March 8, at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. Until then, fans can follow the women's golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG

Westbrook Invitational
Final Round - February 25, 2013

1. No. 15 Texas Tech (300-285-277=862, -2); 2. No. 7 Arkansas (296-287-284=867, +3); 3. No. 9 Washington (291-294-289=874, +10); T4. Mississippi State (299-307-297=903, +39); T4. No. 50 Indiana (306-305-292=903, +39); 6. Kansas State (303-300-292=608, +40); 7. Washington State (314-301-391=906, +42); 8. No. 42 Wisconsin (305-301-305=911, +47); 9. Eastern Michigan (308-303-300=911, +47); 10. Iowa (304-308-300=912, +48); 11. Illinois (310-309-295=914, +50); 12. Colorado State (316-300-304=920, +56); 13. Nebraska (315-320-296=931, +67).

T13.     Ally McDonald    74-76-72=222, +6
T26.     Elena Warren     75-76-76=227, +11
T36.     Rica Tse            79-78-73=230, +14
T42.     Gabi Oubre'       75-80-76=231, +15
T48.     M. L. Gallagher  75-77-75=233, +17


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