After turning in an 18-over-par 306 Friday, MSU posted a 303 during Saturday’s second round to overtake No. 31 LSU for second place. The 36-hole 609 tally is MSU’s best in the SEC Championships since 2007 (607).
If the Lady Bulldogs secure a Top 10 finish Sunday, they will break the school record for consecutive Top 10 finishes (10).
Since the SEC expanded from six teams, MSU’s best finish came with a fifth-place showing in 2000.
Second-ranked Alabama took control of the championship field with a two-round 21-over-par 597. Its second-round 5-over 293 is the only sub-300 card of the tournament thus far.
“I am so proud of our team,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We have worked hard this year and we are reaping the rewards for that commitment. Our one shot mentality serves us well. For 6,400 yards and wet, greens are rolling at 11 or so with very tough hole placements, it is a true SEC Championship.”
McDonald’s 2-under card follows her opening-round 5-over-par 77 and ranks third through two rounds. The Fulton native’s two-round 147 is only three shots back of the individual lead.
With her birdie on No. 17 Saturday, McDonald, a standout sophomore, broke the single-season school record for birdies with 85. Amanda Mathis held the previous record during the 2005-06 season.
No. 2 Stephanie Meadow of Alabama is the current individual leader. She posted a second-round 3-under 69 to follow her first-round, 3-over-par. The Tide’s 47th-ranked Jennifer Kirby owns the runner-up spot with a 2-over-par 146.
Carri Wood owns MSU’s lone SEC individual championship during the 1992 campaign.
The Lady Bulldogs most veteran player, Mary Langdon Gallagher also owns a Top 10 card after firing back-to-back 3-over-par 75’s. At 6-over, the Greenwood native is looking for her first Top 10 card of the season and the second of her career.
Rica Tse posted a 6-over-par 78 to follow her opening-round 77. Her two-round 11-over-par 155 is currently tied for 21st overall.
Final-round action will begin at 8 a.m. CST with the Lady Bulldogs slated to tee off alongside Alabama on hole No. 1 at 10:15 a.m.
“We are fortunate to be playing with the reigning National Champions Alabama tomorrow, but on any given day,” Brown-Lemm said. “We will go out tomorrow and play our game like any other tournament.”
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Second Round – April 20, 2013
1. No. 2 Alabama (304-293=597, +21); 2. Mississippi State (306-303=609, +33); 3. No. 18 Georgia (306-305=611, +35); T4. No. 34 Kentucky (306-308=614, +38); T4. No. 31 LSU (303-311=614, +38); 6. No. 40 South Carolina (306-309=615, +39); 7. No. 8 Vanderbilt (309-309=618, +42); T8. No. 6 Arkansas (313-308=621, +45); T8. No. 32 Tennessee (312-309=621, +45); T10. No. 24 Texas A&M (318-306=627, +51); T10. No. 43 Auburn (321-306=627, +51); T12. Missouri (312-321=633, +57); T12. No. 7 Florida (315-318=633, +57); 14. Ole Miss (317-321=638, +62).