Bulldogs Place In Sixth, McDonald T-Third In Spring Opener
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third time’s a charm as the Mississippi State women’s golf team posts its lowest score in Sunday’s third and final round of the Florida State Match-Up to finish in sixth, while Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng clinch top-10 finishes.
All-American McDonald fired eight birdies in her final round to move up the leaderboard for a share of third, her fourth top-10 finish of the year. Peng notched a final score of 221 to claim the third top-10 position of her young career.
With a 36-hole score of 604 entering the final round, MSU carded an 4-over-par 292 at the Southwood Golf Course to extend the program record consecutive top-10 regular season finishes to 16.
“This time of year, it’s about getting tournament ready and remembering what if feels like to be in competition,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We improved every day, and we have a lot of work to do. This was a solid start.”
Entering the day in fourth, McDonald posted a 3-under-par 69 Sunday round to place her at 2-under for the event. The Fulton, Miss., native showed great perseverance by following up her opening hole bogey on hole 10 with back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12.
The determination was on display again for McDonald as she notched a 5-under-par final 9 holes with consecutive birdies on holes 1-3 after misfiring with bogeys on each of her last two holes on her first 9 holes.
Freshman Peng finished in a tie for 10th after turning in a 3-over-par 75 final round scorecard. The young Bulldog added two birdies in her third round to tally 8 for the tournament.
Junior Rica Tse narrowly missed the top-25 by two strokes as she notched her best round in Tallahassee with a 1-over-par 73. The Southeastern Conference’s Co-Golfer of the Week finished with seven birdies and as one of four tied for lowest scorer of the tournament on par 3 holes with a stroke average of 2.92.
No. 13 South Carolina claimed the tournament championship with a final score of 7-over-par 871. Matilda Castren of the host Florida State won the individual crown with a 1-under-par 206 final scorecard. .
Brown-Lemm’s squad will return to action in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, a top-5 ranked regular season tournament, on Feb. 23-25 in New Orleans, La., at the English Turn Golf and Country Club.
Florida State Match-Up
Final Round – February 16, 2014
1. No. 13 South Carolina (293-293-285=871, +7); 2. No. 12 Clemson (297-292-284=873, +9); 3. No. 46 Florida State (294-298-289=881, +17); 4. No. 30 Virginia (298-296-294=888, +24); 5. No. 39 Texas A&M (293-307-293=893, +29); 6. No. 31 Mississippi State (305-298-292=895, +31); T7. Mercer (298-303-299=900, +36); T7. Furman (302-302-296=900, +36); 9. No. 34 Kansas (309-311-301=921, +57); 10. Kansas State (315-304-304=923, +59); 11. Florida Gulf Coast (310-310-307=927, +63)
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T3. Ally McDonald 75-70-69=214, -2
T10. Jessica Peng 75-71-75=221, +5
T30. Rica Tse 74-80-73=227, +11
T45. Mary Langdon Gallagher 81-77-76=234, +18
56. Ji Eun Baik 83-80-75=238, +22
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