McDonald Finished T10th, MSU Caps Program's Most Successful Season

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ATHENS, Ga. – Adding to the program’s most successful season in its history, the Mississippi State women’s golf team completed play in the NCAA Championships and No. 6 Ally McDonald finished tied for 10th at the par-72, 6,372-yard UGA Golf Course.

McDonald’s top 10 finish is her ninth of the season and 13th of her career. After a final-round 81, she finished with a four-round 2-over-par 290 (70-69-70-81).

The sophomore from Fulton, Miss., paced the youngest squad in the championships field to a 24th-place finish in the program’s first NCAA Championships appearance.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team – the records we broke this season and just hanging in there,” McDonald said. “Nobody thought we’d come to nationals. Conditions were extremely tough out there, but we battled. We weren’t able to pull in what we wanted to pull in, but it’s an experience we won’t forget. We’re going to hold our head high and we’re going to be back.”

After posting a team tournament-best 4-over-par 292 during the third round, MSU battled windy conditions and fast greens to post a final-round 327. State finished with a 72-hole 69-over 1,221.

MSU ends the season having posted top 10 cards in 11 of its 12 events, while also notching a 300.89 average round and a 901.09 54-hole average. All of which are school records.

“We had a fantastic year,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We refuse to let our last 18 holes dictate our satisfaction level for our year. We broke most existing records, placed fifth at SEC’s and 24th at the NCAA Championships. We will use this experience and get our young squad even stronger for next year’s postseason play”

Sophomore Elena Warren finished second on the MSU board with a 24-over 312 (76-82-72-82). Her best round tally came during Thursday’s third round as she posted par.

Mary Langdon Gallagher notched an 84 Friday and finished at 25-over (78-74-77-84=313), while Rica Tse posted a final-round 85 and finished at 26-over (76-78-75-85=314).

Freshman Gabi Oubre’ rounded out the Lady Bulldog leaderboard with a 318 (82-81-75-80). The freshman birdied her last hole of the day to tie McDonald’s freshman birdie record (73) set a season ago.

The No.1-ranked USC Trojans ran away with the national title, behind an NCAA Championships-record second round of 12-under-par 276. Their 72-hole 19-under-par 1,113 also set the NCAA record by 15 strokes. Annie Park (USC) also ran away with the individual title as her 10-under-par 278 was six strokes clear of the field.

Fans can also follow the women’s golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG.

NCAA Championships
Final Round – May 24, 2013

TEAM RESULTS
1. No. 1 USC (284-276-285-288=1,133, -19); 2. No. 3 Duke (286-289-287-292=1,154, +2); 3. No. 7 Purdue (289-289-295-300=1,173, +21); 4. No. 8 UCLA (289-287-297-301=1,174, +22); 5. No. 12 Arizona State (293-287-296-305=1,181, +29); 6. No. 38 Auburn (305-292-285-301=1.183, +31); 7. No. 2 Alabama (288-284-301-316=1,189, +37); 8. No. 9 Arizona (298-295-297-300=1,190, +38); T9. No. 4 Oklahoma (291-291-300-309=1,191, +39); T9. No. 25 Michigan State (298-291-298-304=1,191, +39); T9. No. 14 Tulane (295-289-297-310=1,191, +39); 12. No. 15 Oklahoma State (303-300-294-296=1,193, +41); T13. No. 5 Arkansas (296-293-301-309=1,200, +48); T13. No. 13 Stanford (290-288-301-321=1,200, +48); 15. No. 24 Northwestern (298- 293-300-310=1,201, +49); 16. No. 17 UC Davis (299-297-294-313=1,203, +51); 17. No. 10 Florida (299-298-305-303=1,205, +53); 18. No. 6 Vanderbilt (298-289-307-311=1,206, +54); 19. No. 48 San Jose State (284-303-295-327=1,209, +57); 20. No. 32 South Carolina (304-305-292-320=1,211, +59); 21. No. 18 Texas (299-295-394-315=1,213, +61);22. No. 35 Oregon (301-295-297-324=1,217, +65); 23. No. 47 Wisconsin (301-309-297-311=1,218, +66); 24. No. 40 Mississippi State (300-302-292-327=1,221, +69).

MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T10.     No. 6 Ally McDonald           70-69-70-81=290, +2
T104.    Elena Warren                     76-82-72-82=312, +24
T109.    Mary Langdon Gallagher   78-74-77-84=313, +25
T114.    Rica Tse                             76-78-75-85=314, +26
T120.    Gabi Oubre’                       82-81-75-80=318, +30


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