The sophomore from Fulton, Miss., birdied No. 17 and then mashed her 3-wood 230 yards on the 488-yard, par-5 18th to reach the green in two. She then sank a 15-foot putt for an eagle to move to 3-under.
McDonald’s second-round 69 is her fourth sub-70 round in five attempts this postseason. Her two-round 5-under-par 139 ranks fourth in the championship field with 36 holes to go.
“I struggled early on,” McDonald said. “Midway through the round I just couldn’t get anything going. I just tried to stay patient, and finishing birdie-eagle showed me that my patience paid off. I hit a 3-wood about as well as I can hit it (on No. 18), which set up the putt for eagle. I really needed it because I missed so many birdie putts throughout the round today. It’s a big momentum builder for tomorrow.”
No. 1 Stephanie Meadow of Alabama is the current individual leader at 8-under, while No. 2 Annie Park (USC) and No. 90 Jenny Hahn (Vanderbilt) and 7- and 6-under, respectively.
The Mississippi State women’s golf team finished round two with a 14-over-par 302. Coupled with its first-round 300, MSU is currently 21st in the field and only eight shots back of a Top 15 finish in the program’s first national championship appearance.
Play at the par-72, 6,323-yard UGA Golf Course was suspended for a second time during Wednesday’s round at 7 p.m. CT and will be resumed Thursday morning at 6:25 CT.
"Overall I am pleased with our 302 today,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “To hover around our scoring average for the year is a feat in the national championship. The pressure, the length of the course, the severity of the greens and our youthful squad are all factors we consider when we look at the big picture. We have two good rounds in us and we are ready to play tomorrow.”
Mary Langdon Gallagher carved four strokes off her opening-round tally for a second-round 74. The junior used three birdies to play the front nine at even par and birdied the 18th hole to move back to 2-over for the day.
Sophomore Rica Tse turned in a 78 Wednesday after notching a 76 the day before. The New Zealand native posted a 3-over on each nine but a double bogey on No. 11 was weakened by a birdie on the par-5 12th.
Also during Wednesday’s second round, MSU wore maroon and white argyle socks in support of Auburn women’s golf head coach Kim Evans as she battles ovarian cancer. All teams in the field have also been wearing teal ribbons during the championships for Evans.
Top-ranked USC took control of the championship field with a 12-under-par 276 in the second round. The Trojans’ two-round 14-under 560 is 14 strokes ahead of second-place No. 2 Alabama (284, -4). Third-ranked Duke rounds out the top three at 1-under.
MSU will tee off alongside No. 35 Oregon and No. 38 Auburn at 6:33 a.m. CT from hole No. 1.
The 17th and 18th holes of the third and fourth rounds will be live streamed via NCAA.com/liveschedule beginning at 11 a.m. CT and continue until the last putt drops each day.
Live stats will also be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the women’s golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWGNCAA Championships
Second Round – May 22, 2013
1. No. 1 USC (284-276=560, -16); 2. No. 2 Alabama (288-284=572, -4); 3. No. 3 Duke (286-289=, -1); 4. No. 8 UCLA (289-287=576, E); T5. No. 7 Purdue (289-289=578, +2); T5. No. 13 Stanford (290-288=578, +2); 7. No. 12 Arizona State (293-287=580, +4); 8. No. 4 Oklahoma (291-291=582, +6); 9. No. 14 Tulane (295-289=584, +8); T10. No. 48 San Jose State (284- SUSP.=DNF, +12); T10. No. 6 Vanderbilt (298-289=588, +12); 12. No. 5 Arkansas (296-293=589, +13); T13. No. 25 Michigan State (298- SUSP.=DNF, +14); T13. No. 24 Northwestern (298- SUSP.=DNF, +14); T15. No. 18 Texas (299-295=594, +18); T15. No. 9 Arizona (298- SUSP.=DNF, +18); T17. No. 17 UC Davis (299-SUSP.=DNF, +20); T17. No. 35 Oregon (301-295=596, +20); 19. No. 10 Florida (299-298=597, +21); 20. No. 38 Auburn (305-SUSP.=DNF, +23); 21. No. 40 Mississippi State (300-302=602, +26); 22. No. 15 Oklahoma State (303-300=603, +2); 23. No. 32 South Carolina (304-305=609, +33); 24. No. 47 Wisconsin (301-309=610, +34).
*Results are at the time play was suspended (8 p.m. ET)