NEW ORLEANS, La. – Soggy playing conditions could not dampen the mood on Tuesday as the Mississippi State women’s golf team fired its lowest round at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship, with Ally McDonald posting a top-15 scorecard.
All-American McDonald notched consecutive 1-under-par 71 rounds to close out the tournament to earn a share of 14th, her second top-15 finish in a row to start out the spring season.
After two 299 rounds on Monday, the Bulldogs made a 12-shot turnaround to notch a 1-under-par 287 final round to end the event at 21-over-par 885. MSU bettered SEC-foes Georgia by six strokes and Ole Miss by nine strokes.
“Today we played with maturity,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We fell short of our top-10 goal, but an under par final round is an awesome feeling. We played like a solid team on a mission. We will learn from it and be ready to play in Hawaii.”
Entering her final round at 1-under-par, McDonald tallied five birdies to have a final score of 2-under-par 214. McDonald showed great composure by following up her bogey on hole 18 with a birdie-birdie-par-birdie stretch on holes 1-4.
The Fulton, Miss., native claimed 12 birdies for the tournament to push her total to 25 birdies through the first two spring events. The top-15 finish is her fifth of the season.
Posting MSU’s best final round score was Jessica Peng with a 2-under-par final round to end the event at 4-over-par 220. The freshman began the front nine with a birdie-par-par-birdie stretch followed by a string of pars to turn in the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament by a Bulldog.
Blaise Carabello carved off five strokes from her first to third round to post an even-par 72 final round with four birdies. Carabello rebounded from her bogey on 17 to fire a par-birdie-par-birdie stretch to have a 224 final score.
No. 1 UCLA claimed the tournament title with a final score of 21-under-par 843. Marta Sanz of No. 24 Auburn came away with the individual crown with an 8-under-par 208 tournament score.
Brown-Lemm’s team will return to action to make its first ever appearance in Hawaii in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on March 12-13 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship
Final Round – February 25, 2014
1. No. 1 UCLA (285-277-281=843, -21); 2. No. 1 Southern California (285-281-283=849, -15); 3. No. 18 Florida (283-289-286=858, -6); 4. No. 44 Denver (296-285-285=866, +2); T5. No. 11 Clemson (295-284-289=868, +4); T5. No. 9 Alabama (289-288-291=868, +4); 7. No. 12 Oklahoma State (288-289-292=869, +5); 8. No. 23 LSU (291-293-288=872, +8); 9. No. 24 Auburn (296-291-286=873, +9); 10. No. 31 Tulane (291-303-284=878, +14); 11. No. 4 Washington (299-289-291=879, +15); 12. No. 34 Mississippi State (299-299-287=885, +21); 13. Baylor (291-306-290=887, +23); 14. No. 47 Georgia (302-294-295=891, +27); T15. Mississippi (294-302-298=894, +30); T15. Texas (301-300-293=894, +30). 17. UTSA (301-298-299=898, +34).
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T14. Ally McDonald 72-71-71=214, -2
T37. Jessica Peng 74-76-70=220, +4
T58. Blaise Carabello 77-75-72=224, +8
T74. Rica Tse 76-77-75=228, +12
85. Mary Langdon Gallagher 82-79-74=235, +19
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