McDonald carded a 1-under-par 71 Sunday to tie Beth Irwin’s school record 210 set during the 2004 Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge. Her first-round 68 also tied for the second-lowest round in MSU history.
Entering the weekend, the sophomore owned the Southeastern Conference’s fifth-best scoring average (72.71), but with her stellar play this weekend has lowered her average to 72.41, which is now third in the SEC and on pace to break State’s all-time season mark by two strokes.
“Ally played very well this weekend,” third-year MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “She took advantage of the opportunities this course gave to her and was able to shake off the few bad holes she had. To be able to tie a school record and still leave shots on the course shows the talent and potential she has. This is another of many great tournaments for her.”
After turning in a program second-best 289 during Friday’s first round, the Lady Bulldogs tallied a 299 and 300 during the final two rounds. The three-round 888 matches the fourth-lowest tournament tally in MSU history and second lowest in the Brown-Lemm era.
With the sixth-place finish the Lady Bulldogs also tied a school record with their ninth-consecutive Top 10 finish. MSU will have a chance to break the record in the upcoming SEC Championship.
State also recorded wins against a pair of SEC opponents for the first time this season. Ole Miss turned in a 28-over-par 892, while Missouri’s 36-over-par 900 earned it 10th-place.
“I’m proud of the way we competed this weekend,” Brown-Lemm said. “We did not finish well during the last two rounds, but we still managed to beat two SEC teams and that is never easy to do. We can isolate just two or three holes each round that killed us so we can look at what we need to correct and be ready to go for the SEC Championship in a couple of weeks.”
Individually, freshman Gabi Oubre’ turned in a final-round 2-over-par 74 Sunday for a three-round 9-over-par 225. She finished tied for 34th in the 96-player field.
Mary Langdon Gallagher posted a 5-over-par 77 Sunday for a three-round 10-over-par 226. It is the junior’s best tournament since she carded a 222 in last season’s Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational.
No. 49 Coastal Carolina won the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate firing a 1-under-par 863. 24th-ranked Baylor and 20th-ranked Tulane rounded out the top three with an 872 and 878, respectively.
Jessica Alexander of Coastal Carolina claimed in individual crown with an 8-under-par 208, while No. 13 Hayley Davis of Baylor finished second at 7-under.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action April 19 – 21 at the SEC Championship hosted at the Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
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M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate
Final Round – April 7, 2013
1. No. 49 Coastal Carolina (284-289-290=863, -1); 2. No. 24 Baylor (289-293-290=872, +8); 3. No. 20 Tulane (293-286-299=878, +14); 4. East Tennessee State (290-296-295=881, +17); 5. No. 34 Kentucky (291-302-293=886, +22); T6. Mississippi State (289-299-300=888, +24); T6. No. 29 LSU (291-294-303=888, +24); 8. Ole Miss (301-291-300=892, +28); 9. Furman (300-300-297=898, +34); 10. Missouri (310-293-297=900, +36); T11. Harvard (299-307-308=914, +50); T11. Tulsa (305-309-300=914, +50); 13. Troy (312-308-297=917, +53); 14. Redlands Community College (307-308-303=918, +54); 15. Minnesota (303-308-309=920, +56); 16. Southern Miss (307-308-315=930, +66); 18. Memphis (314-316-311=941, +77); 17. Murray State (317-319-308=944, +80).