As always, the SEC Championship field is as tough as any in collegiate golf. No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Florida and No. 8 Vanderbilt all enter as Top 10 teams, while other teams in the Top 50 include No. 18 Georgia, No. 24 Texas A&M, No. 31 LSU, No. 32 Tennessee, No. 34 Kentucky, No. 40, South Carolina and No. 44 Auburn. Ole Miss and Missouri are not ranked.
“Every year you know going into the SEC Championship it is going to be a battle,” third-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “The field is as tough as any in collegiate golf. We have something to prove this year and we need to a finish strong going into the NCAA’s.
“Greystone is set up pretty long but we were able to practice Old Waverly at that length, which is actually a tougher course with more bunkers. I know our girls are ready to take another step for this program.”
MSU enters the event on one its hottest streaks in history having tied a school record with nine consecutive Top 10 finishes. The Lady Bulldogs also own a 300.67 average card, which is on pace to break the school record by nearly five strokes.
Just two weeks ago, State clipped SEC-foes Ole Miss and Missouri in the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate and tied then-No. 29 LSU for sixth-place.
Brown-Lemm boasts the same lineup as she has all spring with No. 25 Ally McDonald headlining the group. Fellow sophomores Rica Tse and Elena Warren are also making the trip along with junior Mary Langdon Gallagher and freshman Gabi Oubre’.
McDonald enters the championship fresh off her second SEC Player of the Week award following a school-record 6-under-par 210 performance in the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate just two weeks ago. It was her fourth Top 5 finish in the last five events.
The Fulton, Miss., native aims to cap one of the most successful seasons in Maroon and White history with a solid finish in the talent-packed SEC Championship. McDonald’s 72.41 scoring average not only ranks third in the SEC and 17th nationally but is also on pace to break the Lady Bulldog record by nearly two strokes. She is only four birdies away from breaking the program’s single-season record.
Gallagher looks to continue her most successful season yet. Her 77.33 stroke average is over 1.5 strokes better than her career average and she has narrowly missed the Top 25 twice this spring at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational and the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate.
Warren also travels to Birmingham playing some of the best golf of her career. She owns a 76.87 average clip for the spring and posted a career-best 223 in the SunTrust Gator Invitational.
After battling a slump most of the spring, Tse is primed for a solid showing the SEC Championship. The New Zealand native’s best card of the spring also came in the SunTrust Gator Invitational with a 13-over 223.
The most consistent newcomer, Oubre’, has solidified her position in the lineup. The Mobile native’s 76.37 average card in on pace to be the fourth-lowest season average in recorded freshman history.
The Lady Bulldogs will tee off alongside Missouri at 8:32 a.m. CST on hole No. 10.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com and admission to the event is free.
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