Bulldogs, McDonald Post Fifth-Place Card To Open 2013-14 Season

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HANAHAN, S.C. – After a challenging three days at the Yeamans Hall Club, the Mississippi State women’s golf team welcomed its new season with a fifth-place finish in the Cougar Classic, while Ally McDonald began her junior campaign with a top-five card.  

Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad notched to a 10-over-par 298 Tuesday and its 7-over-par 871 earned a school-record 12th-straight regular season top-10 card.

“Overall this was a very good tournament for us,” Brown-Lemm said. “Obviously today was disappointing, but the greatest news is that if 298 is our worst day, we are headed for great things this year.”

McDonald shot a final-round 3-over-par 75 to tally a 3-under 213 for the event en route to her seventh-career top-five finish. The Fulton, Miss., standout had a mishap on hole No. 4 with a double bogey but followed it up with a string of pars and a birdie on the eighth hole.  

Senior Mary Langdon Gallagher ended the tournament with a 3-over-par 75 and a three-round 218, which placed her tied for 19th on the leaderboard. The top-20 finish is the third of her career and first since her freshman season.

Following the team’s second-round low score of 71, Rica Tse finished tied for 37th with a 5-over-par 77 and 221 total for the Cougar Classic. Tse capped off her final round with a birdie-bogey-par-birdie final four holes giving her three birdies on the 18th hole for the event.

Newcomer Ji Eun Baik turned in a 79 in the second round but bounced back with MSU’s best round of the day at even-par to end the tournament with a 9-over-par 225. After starting off the round with a birdie on hole No. 3, Baik add her second birdie on the 18th , placing her in the top 50 in her college debut. Freshman Jessica Peng rounded out the squad with a 4-over-par 76 and 228 overall.

The 14th-ranked Florida Gators won the event behind a final-round 7-under-par 281 performance and 859 for the tournament. Anna Young of Florida claimed the individual title with a 5-under-par 211.

The Bulldogs’ next event will be on Friday, Sept. 20-22, in the Mercedes Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

Updates will be provided on the Mississippi State women’s golf Twitter account, @HailStateWG, and Facebook page, facebook.com/HailStateWG.

Cougar Classic
Final Round - September 10, 2013

1. No. 14 Florida (291-287-281=859, -5); 2. Clemson (285-282-293, -4); 3. College of Charleston (289-285-287=861, -3); 4. NC State (287-287-289=863, -1); 5. No. 30 Mississippi State (282-291-298=871, +7); 6. No. 20 South Carolina (285-298-289=872, +8); 7. Wake Forest (287-294-298=879, +15); 8. Auburn (295-295-291=881, +17); 9. Tennessee (299-296-288=883, +19); 10. Wisconsin (298-292-294=884, +20); 11. LSU (295-291-301=887, +23); 12. No. 19 Baylor (289-299-300=888, +24); 13. Penn State (299-302-296=897, +33); 14. Mississippi (305-297-298=900, +36); 15. Missouri (302-302-304=908, +44); 16. Furman (298-312-300=910, +46). 17. Coastal Carolina (303-305-306=914, +50). 18. Maryland (299-306-310=915, +51). 19. UNCG (314-319-316=949, +85). 20. Charleston Southern (329-324-314, +103)

5.         Ally McDonald                                   66-72-75=213, -3
T19.     Mary Langdon Gallagher                69-74-75=218, +2
T37.     Rica Tse                                             73-71-77=221, +5
T47.     Ji Eun Baik                                         74-79-72=225, +9
T64.     Jessica Peng                                     78-74-76=228, +12

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