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McDonald, No. 8 Mississippi State In Top 10 After Opening Round

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After waiting out foggy conditions that delayed the beginning of the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championships, the No. 8 Mississippi State women’s golf team notched a 9-over-par 293, while junior Ally McDonald fired a 1-under-par 70. 

Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad is looking for its school-record 13th-consecutive regular season top-10 finish after finishing in ninth-place through one round. 

"While we struggled today, we started on a shorter par-three and our four counters were four-over on that hole alone,” MSU head coach Brown-Lemm said. "So after that, we got going in a good direction and managed pretty well for the rest of the day.”

McDonald is tied for eighth heading into the second round Saturday in search of her sixth-consecutive top-10 finish. The Fulton, Miss., native rebounded from her bogey on the opening hole by carding three birdies in row on holes 13, 14 and 15.

Junior Rica Tse posted the squad’s second-best score with a 2-over-par 73 that included four birdies. Tied for 33rd overall, Tse capped off her first round posting a birdie-birdie-par finish.

Jessica Peng and Mary Langdon Gallagher both notched 4-over-par 75 rounds, while Blaise Carabello finished with an 81 during her career debut.

No. 6 South Carolina currently sits atop the leaderboard after a 5-under-par 279. Fanny Cnops of Central Florida and Katelyn Dambaugh of the Gamecocks are two strokes ahead of McDonald at the top of the standings.

Second-round action will begin at 7:40 a.m. CST Saturday, with MSU set to tee off alongside Chattanooga and Penn State on hole one. 

Live stats and post-round results will be available through

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

Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships
First Round - September 20, 2013

1. No. 6 South Carolina (279, -5); 2. No. 18 Arkansas (282, -2); 3. No. 13 Louisville (283, -1); 4. No. 21 Tennessee (285, +1); 5. Central Florida (286, +2); 6. Tulane (290, +6); T7. Penn State (292, +8); T7.  Chattanooga (292, +8); 9. No. 8 Mississippi State (293, +9); 10. Mississippi (294, +10); 11. Michigan (296, +12); T12. No. 14 Campbell (298, +14); T12. Notre Dame (298, +14); T12. Rollins College (298, +14); T15. UTSA (299, +15); T15. Missouri (299, +15). 17. No. 4 College of Charleston (301, +17)

T8.        Ally McDonald                                  70, -1
T33.     Rica Tse                                            73, +2
T52.     Mary Langdon Gallagher                  75, +4
T52.     Jessica Peng                                     75, +4
T88.     Blaise Carabello                                81, +10

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