STARKVILLE, Miss. – Continuing success and achieving yet another level is the goal for the No. 30 Mississippi State women’s golf team after it became the first program to appear in the NCAA Championships a season ago.
MSU is set to open the 2013-14 campaign with the three-day, three-round Cougar Classic at the par-72, 6,204-yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.
“I love starting the year at such a prestigious event.” MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “The Cougar Classic at Yeaman’s Hall is a top-10 event with eight SEC schools in the field. It proves to be a springboard to the fall season and we are ready.”
MSU will compete against teams from last years NCAA Championships field like Auburn, No. 14 Florida, No. 20 South Carolina and Wisconsin. Other teams in the event include No. 19 Baylor, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Furman, LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Missouri, No. 11 North Carolina, N.C. State, UNC Greensboro, Penn State, Tennessee, No. 17 Virginia and Wake Forest.
Brown-Lemm’s squad will be led by returning All-American and NCAA Central Regional champion Ally McDonald. The Fulton, Miss., native is coming off a fantastic sophomore year in which she broke or tied all of the school’s single-season records.
Mary Langdon Gallagher, the team’s only senior, and junior Rica Tse will also be in the opening-weekend lineup for the Bulldogs. Tse is coming off a solid season where she produced two top-five and five top-25 finishes.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.