MSU Holds Top 10 Spot, McDonald, Peng Top 5
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite another day of windy conditions, the Mississippi State women’s golf team moved up to the seventh spot on the leaderboard following Saturday’s second round at the Florida State Match-Up, with Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng moving into the top-5.
After the opening round score of 305, the Bulldogs improved to fire a 298-team score at the Southwood Golf Course.
“We had a better day today,” fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “Conditions were similar to yesterday with 10-15 mph winds and slick greens. We are knocking cobwebs off and getting back in the groove. It’s our goal to leave here in a top-5 position, and we will work hard to attain that goal.”
Sporting a 2-under-par 70 second round, McDonald moved up to fourth place at 1-over-par 145 after two rounds. The Fulton, Miss., native fired a birdie-birdie-par-birdie stretch from holes 8-11 and ended with a birdie on her final hole to complete a five shot turnaround from Friday’s round. McDonald’s total of 26 pars through 36 holes is good for second best of the tournament.
Freshman Peng is just one shot behind McDonald in a tie for fifth following a 1-under-par 71 Saturday round. Peng added two more birdies in her second round on holes 6 and 9 to give her six for the event, most of any Bulldog.
Mary Langdon Gallagher bounced back in her Saturday second round by posting a 77, four shots better than her opening round, and claiming her first birdie of the event on hole 4. Co-Golfer of the Week in the Southeastern Conference Rica Tse is two shots off the top-25 at 10-over-par 154 after two rounds. Freshman Ji Eun Baik rounds out the Maroon and White lineup with a 36-hole score of 163.
No. 13 South Carolina is the leader heading into the final round at 10-over-par 586. Matilda Castren of Florida State has posted consecutive 68 rounds to lead all individuals at 8-under-par 136.
Sunday’s shotgun final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CST with Brown-Lemm’s squad matched up with Furman and Kansas State.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.
Florida State Match-Up
Second Round – February 15, 2014
1. No. 13 South Carolina (293-293=586, +10); 2. No. 12 Clemson (297-292=589, +13); 3. No. 46 Florida State (294-298=592, +16); 4. No. 30 Virginia (298-296=594, +18); 5. No. 39 Texas A&M (293-307=600, +24); 6. Mercer (298-303=601, +25); 7. Mississippi State (305-298=603, +27); 8. Furman (302-302=604, +28); 9. Kansas State (315-304=619, +43); T10. No. 34 Kansas (309-311=620, +44); T10. Florida Gulf Coast (310-310=620, +44)
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