WEST POINT, Miss. – With home field advantage on its side, the Mississippi State women’s golf team sprinted out to a commanding eight-stroke lead after the first round of the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational played Monday afternoon at Old Waverly Golf Club.
Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad posted a tournament-record 7-under-par 281, while Ally McDonald also notched a tournament-best 5-under-par 67. MSU’s 281 also matched the second-lowest single-round tally in program history, set during its magical run through the 2012 NCAA Central Regional.
“This team was ready today,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “They did as well as I’ve ever seen them. Our plan is to go out and play tomorrow with the same ownership and resilience that we had today.”
Finishing only one shot off her career best, the All-American has a two shot lead over fellow Bulldog Jessica Peng heading into Tuesday’s second round. McDonald notched five straight birdies from holes four through eight and finished with six total birdies on the day.
Peng’s 3-under-par 69 tied the school record for lowest round by a freshman in recorded history. The newcomer carded back-to-back birdies on holes five and six before adding another on hole 11.
After rebounding from an over-par front nine with birdies on holes 13 and 15, Mary Langdon Gallagher finished tied for eighth at even par.
Redshirt freshman Blaise Carabello holds a share of 18th after firing her lowest score of her young career with an opening-round 74. Logan Chaney and Gabi Oubre' posted an 80 and 81, respectively, while Izel Pieters shot a 82 in her career debut.
Brown-Lemm’s squad will tee off the second round at 9:25 a.m. CST Tuesday on hole No. 1 alongside East Carolina and Georgia State. Pieters will open the MSU individuals at 8:30 a.m. CST, on hole No. 10.
Admission to the event is free, and MSU students can earn Hail State Reward points for attending each round.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.
Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational
First Round - September 30, 2013
1. Mississippi State (281, -7); 2. East Carolina (289, +1); 3. Georgia State (293, +5); 4. Florida International (294, +6); 5. South Alabama (297, +9); 6. East Tennessee St. (300, +12); 7. Murray State (307, +19); T8. Cincinnati (310, +22); T8. South Florida (310, +22); 10. Memphis (313, +25); 11. Southern Miss (326, +38)
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