Women's Golf To Tee Off Spring Break At JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational

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Sophomore Elena Warren posted the best event of her career in last week's Westbrook Inv. and hopes to keep the momentum going in the JMU/Eagle Landing Inv.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Beginning a 12-day road swing, the Mississippi State women's golf team will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational hosted at the par-72, 6,300-yard Eagle Landing Golf Club beginning Friday.

"I'm excited for the opportunity we have to post a good finish in this event," third-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "The girls played well last week in Arizona and beat a couple of teams ranked ahead of us. If we can build off that success this weekend, we will find ourselves at the top of the leaderboard."

Participating teams include No. 36 Campbell, Chattanooga, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Elon, Georgia State, Jacksonville, host-James Madison, Kennesaw State, Morehead State, North Florida, Old Dominion, Samford, Stetson, UNC-Wilmington and Western Carolina. The Lady Bulldogs are a combined 5-0 against the tourney field this season.

MSU's travel squad includes Ally McDonald, Rica Tse, Gabi Oubre', Mary Langdon Gallagher and Elena Warren. Logan Chaney will also play in the event as an individual.

McDonald enters as the Lady Bulldogs' stroke average leader at 72.53, which also ranks seventh best in the SEC. The standout sophomore has posted Top 25 finishes in all five tournaments this season and in 11 of 15 career events.

Tse aims to carry the momentum from her final-round 1-over-par 73 in the Westbrook Invitational into Jacksonville. The New Zealand-native helped the Lady Bulldogs post a fourth-place finish in the event, knocking off two Top 50 teams.

After turning in the best event of her career, Warren also hopes to keep her hot streak going from the Westbrook Village Golf Club. She narrowly missed her first-career Top 25 finish with an 11-over-par 227.

Gallagher and Oubre' round out the MSU lineup, while Chaney will appear in her fourth event of the season.

MSU will tee off alongside Old Dominion and East Carolina at 7 a.m. CST. Live stats and post-round results will be available through HailState.com.

South Florida claimed the 2012 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational with a 19-over-par 883, while Kaylin Yost of Campbell won the individual title with a 1-under-par 215.

Following the event, the Lady Bulldogs will remain in the Sunshine State for the Gator Women's Invitational hosted by Florida at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville.


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