STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to pick up from the record-setting fall season, the Mississippi State women’s golf team is set to participate in the second annual Florida State Match-Up in Tallahassee, Fla.
The three-day, three-round event begins on Friday at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Club.
"After the practice round, we are as excited as ever about continuing the best season in women’s golf history,” said MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. "We have worked hard on our games and our mental processes. I believe in this team.”
MSU will compete against 10 other teams in Tallahassee including Southeastern Conference foes No. 13 South Carolina and Texas A&M. Rounding out the field will be No. 12 Clemson, Florida Gulf Coast, Furman, Kansas, Kansas State, Mercer, Virginia and host Florida State.
2013 All-American Ally McDonald will head the first Bulldog lineup of the spring after an impressive fall placed her in second in the SEC rankings. The Fulton, Miss., native is coming off a fall campaign with an Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational championship, three top-10 finishes and a gold medal with Team USA in the Spirit International Amateur Championship.
Co-Women’s Golfer of the Week in the SEC Rica Tse will compete in her second event of the spring after earning a share of third-place in the Lady Bulldog Individual Championship. The third place finish for Tse was the highest of her collegiate career and was her first top-10 finish of the season.
The fabulous freshmen duo of Jessica Peng and Ji Eun Baik will take part in the spring curtain raiser. Peng finished the fall brilliantly in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational by setting the school record for lowest 36-hole score, 7-under-par 137, leading to her second top-10 finish of the season.
Rounding out the MSU lineup is senior Mary Langdon Gallagher, who turned in two top-25 scorecards earlier this season.
The Bulldogs tee of the opening round Friday at 8:50 a.m. CST with Brown-Lemm’s squad matched-up with Kansas State on hole 10.
This will mark the first time State will return to Southwood Golf Club since winning the Seminole Challenge at the course in 1999. The 1999 club bettered the program’s, 18-, 36- and 54-hole records at the event, records shattered by the current squad.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.