STARKVILLE, Miss. – At the end of the fall schedule, the Mississippi State women’s golf team is ranked 25th in the GolfWeek.com rankings after top-10 finishes in each of its four tournaments this season. Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad has shattered all records this season and claimed the first tournament title since the 2004 season.
The Bulldogs began the 2013-14 season at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C., where junior Ally McDonald notched the lowest 18-hole score in school history with a 6-under-par 66 in the opening round. MSU finished the season opener with a top-5 scorecard and advanced to a No. 8 ranking in the following GolfStat.com rankings. After the 13th consecutive top-10 finish in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships, Brown-Lemm’s team won the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational by 21 strokes in its home West Point tournament. The 20-under-par 844 team score bettered the previous top score set by the 1999 team by 20 shots. The Bulldogs also set the lowest ever 18 and 36-hole scores at The Waverly. McDonald won the individual championship with a 9-under-par 207 that came one shy of matching her school record set last season. Following the commanding victory, MSU earned GolfWeek.com’s national team of the week. The Bulldogs capped off the fall campaign with their 15th consecutive top-10 finish in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. Freshman Jessica Peng posted a school-record 36-hole 137 in the opening two rounds to post her second-consecutive top-10 tally. Peng’s 5-under-par 67 in the fall finale claimed the lowest 18-hole score by a freshman in school history.
All-American Ally McDonald paced Mississippi State with a 70.92 stroke average to place second in the SEC individual standings. Finishing the fall season as the top ranked SEC freshman, Jessica Peng posted a 72.72 average and a runner-up medal behind McDonald in the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
Along with Peng, freshman Ji Eun Baik has made an instant impact for MSU. The Newnan, Ga., native competed in three of four events in the fall with a fourth-place finish in The Waverly. After sitting out her first year with injury, Blaise Carabello made her first team appearance in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships and collected a top-10 finish while competing as an individual at the Waverly.
Hall of Fame
Head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm was inducted into the Arkansas State Golf Association Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark. The Hope, Ark. dominated junior and amateur golf in Arkansas before moving on to play at the University of Texas.
Ally McDonald was one of two women to represent the United States in the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championships at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. McDonald posted a top-5 finish while also helping Team USA claim the championship over 19 other countries.
Mississippi State will tee off the spring season on Friday, Feb. 14th, in the Seminole Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla., at Southwood Golf Course.
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