KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After the heavy rains ruled out play Saturday, the Mississippi State women’s golf team finished tied for ninth place in the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Classic, while junior standout Ally McDonald claimed a share of eighth.
The 25-over-par 593 at Cherokee Country Club extended the school record of 13 consecutive regular season top-10 finishes.
"The girls really battled back today from a tough start,” fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "Each girl persevered and showed their mental toughness today to secure another top-10 finish.”
McDonald also notched her sixth-consecutive top-10 finish after a 1-over-par 72 second round. The All-American fired her fifth career eagle along with two birdies to finish at even par for the tournament.
“I didn’t play my best this weekend but I was still able to finish in the top 10,” McDonald said. “I think everyone knows they could have played better but we are all looking forward to our home tournament next week.”
Junior Rica Tse notched a 3-over-par 74 final round to finish tied for 25th overall, claiming her sixth-career top-25 finish. After bogeys on the first two holes, Tse bounced back to birdie hole No. 3 and close out the front nine with six straight pars.
Jessica Peng finished her 6-over round with a birdie on the final hole to land her at 10-over for the event. Mary Langdon Gallagher posted an 80 for her second round and tallied a 13-over-par 155 at the Tennessee-hosted event.
After an 81 in her first collegiate round, redshirt freshman Blaise Carabello made a four shot improvement in the second round to post a 6-over-par 77. Carabello finished the tournament with a 16-over 158.
No. 6 Arkansas won the event with a 3-under-par, while Emily Tubert of the Razorbacks was the individual champion after posting a 4-under-par for the tournament.
MSU will return to action on Monday, Sept. 30, as it hosts the second annual Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.
Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships
Final Round - September 22, 2013
1. No. 18 Arkansas (282-281=563, -5); 2. No. 6 South Carolina (279-292=571, +3); 3. Tulane (290-289=579, +11); 4. No. 21 Tennessee (285-296=581, +13); 5. Central Florida (286-296=582, +18); T5. No. 13 Louisville (283-303=586, +18); 7. Notre Dame (298-290=588, +20); 8. Chattanooga (292-299=591, +23); T9. Michigan (296-297=591, +25); T9. No. 8 Mississippi State (293-300=593, +25); 11. No. 4 College of Charleston (301-297=598, +30); 12. No. 14 Campbell (298-301=599, +31); 13. Penn State (292-309=601, +33); 14. UTSA (299-303=602, +34); T15. Mississippi (294-309=603, +35); T15. Rollins College (298-305=603, +35). 17. Missouri (299-306=605, +37)