“What a great honor for Ally,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “To be recognized on a national level is tremendous. She has been our leader all year long on and off the course and has really hit her stride here lately. Ally is still getting better and is a tremendous asset to Mississippi State.”
McDonald claimed a dominating five-stroke victory against a trio of second-place teams in the NCAA Central Regional as the 45th-ranked Mississippi State women’s golf team secured the program’s first berth in the NCAA Championships.
After notching back-to-back 3-under-par 69’s to begin the event, McDonald fired a final-round 68, which tied a career best.
The sophomore standout paced MSU to a school second-best 7-under-par 281 card to climb into third place during the final round of the regional. State’s 8-over 872 tourney tally is the second-best 54-hole score in program history.
McDonald posted a program record 874-62-16 ledger on the season en route to shattering the school’s single-season scoring average record (72.70) by 1.50 strokes.
She was recognized twice during the season by the Southeastern Conference with Player of the Week laurels and was named to the All-SEC First Team following the season.
The NCAA Championships will be held at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., on May 21-24.