MSU Posts Eighth-Consecutive Top 10 Card, One Shy Of School Record

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Sophomore Ally McDonald posted a final-round 1-over-par 73 to card her eighth Top 20 finish this season.
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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – After battling cold and windy conditions, the Mississippi State women’s golf team persevered to post its eight-consecutive Top 10 card in the Briar’s Creek Invitational. MSU posted a final-round 10-over-par 298 to tally 933 for the two-day, three-round event.

With wind gusts topping 40 miles-per-hour and multiple players battling health issues during the first round, the Lady Bulldogs posted a 322, their worst round of the year. Round two began Monday but was suspended as darkness set in. State managed to chisel nine strokes off their card for a middle-round 313.

With weather and health finally on its side, MSU rebounded with a strong 10-over-par 298 in Tuesday’s final round to climb into the Top 10. State posted a school-record nine consecutive Top 10 cards in the 1999-2000 season.

State clipped a pair of GolfStat Top 50 teams with No. 46 Wisconsin finishing tied for 13th and No. 27 Penn State finishing 17th.

“The determination and heart these girls showed to overcome adversity this week was amazing,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We had every opportunity not to play well and to quit but we never did. We’ve preached all year to focus on the routine and be ‘one-shot warriors.’ The girls did a tremendous job of controlling what they could and were rewarded with another Top 10.”

Freshman Gabi Oubre’ led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, posting career second-best 72. The Mobile, Ala., native notched her second-consecutive Top 25 card. During Monday’s rough conditions, Oubre’ managed an 81 but improved her card over the next two rounds, posting a 77 and 72, respectively.

Ally McDonald finished atop the Maroon and White leaderboard with a three-round 12-over-par 228, earning a share of 13th-place. It is the sophomore’s eighth Top 20 of the season and 14th Top 25 in 18 career events.

After a pair of 80’s to begin the Briar’s Creek Invitational, fellow sophomore Rica Tse bounced back with a 3-over-par 75 in the final round, while Elena Warren and Mary Langdon Gallagher rounded out the MSU board with a 241 and 243, respectively.

No. 23 Notre Dame finished atop the leaderboard with a 42-over-par 906, while Ashley Armstrong of the Irish claimed individual honors with a 1-over-par 217.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action on April 5 in Oxford at the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate. It is the last regular season event before the SEC Championship hosted at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Until then, fans can also follow the women’s golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at

Briar’s Creek Invitational
Final Round – March 26, 2013

1. No. 23 Notre Dame (317-300-289=906, +42); 2. Maryland (312-310-292=914, +50); 3. Coastal Carolina (305-304-307=916, +52); 4. No. 35 Campbell (316-304-297=917, +53); 5. Indiana (315-307-296=918, +54); 6. No. 45 East Carolina (317-306-298=921, +57); 7. No. 40 UCF (307-305-310=922, +58); 8. Kansas (309-315-301=925, +61); 9. Augusta State (318-306-302=926, +62); 10. Mississippi State (322-313-298=933, +69); 11. Kansas State (322-311-302=935, +71); 12. College of Charleston (326-311-300=937, +73); T13. Furman (328-313-298=939, +75); T13. No. 46 Wisconsin (321-315-303=939, +75); 15. Chattanooga (319-316-313=948, +84); 16. South Florida (318-322-313=950, +86); 17. No. 27 Penn State (329-314-308=951, +87); 18. Georgetown (337-322-312=971, +107).

T13.     Ally McDonald   78-77-73=228, +12
T21.     Gabi Oubre’       81-77-72=230, +14
T40.     Rica Tse          80-80-75=235, +19
T65.     Elena Warren      83-80-78=241, +15
T75.     M. L. Gallagher  84-79-80=243, +27



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