STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following an impressive top-5 finish in the season-opening Cougar Classic, the No. 8 Mississippi State women’s golf team takes its highest ever ranking to the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
Beginning Friday, the three-day, three-round Tennessee-hosted event will be played at the par-71, 5,897-yard Cherokee Country Club.
“We’re very excited about playing this course,” fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “With an elite field of top teams, it is another opportunity for us to play our game and see how the Dogs come out.”
MSU will be joined by six other teams in the Top 25, including No. 4 College of Charleston, No. 6 South Carolina, No. 13 Louisville, No. 14 Campbell, No. 18 Arkansas and No. 21 Tennessee. The remaining field participants are Chattanooga, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rollins, Tulane, Central Florida and UTSA.
After receiving the prestigious invitation to play in the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championships earlier this week, Ally McDonald will lead Brown-Lemm’s squad. She also posted a top-5 finish of her own in the opener as she notched a tournament-best 14 birdies.
Senior Mary Langdon Gallagher will look for added success after producing her fifth top-20 finish of her career in the Cougar Classic.
Rica Tse and freshman Jessica Peng will again be involved in the Bulldogs’ lineup after impressive starts to the season. Blaise Carabello will make her collegiate debut as she was reshirted last year because of injury.
State will tee off in the opening tee group at 7:35 a.m. CST Friday on hole 10 alongside No. 4 College of Charleston and No. 13 Louisville.
With the No. 8 ranking, only No. 2 Florida and No. 6 South Carolina rank higher than MSU of all SEC squads.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.