STARKVILLE, Miss. – After claiming her second runner-up medal of the campaign, Jessica Peng was named the women’s Freshman Golfer of the Week on Wednesday by the Southeastern Conference for the first time this season.
Peng led the Bulldogs to their second tournament title in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational with a 1-over-par 217 scorecard and a second-place individual finish. The championship makes this the first multi-championship season for MSU since 1999, while moving the Maroon and White up to fourth in the current standings.
“This is a great honor, but my ultimate goal is SEC Freshman of the Year,” Peng said. “I will work very hard for that in the last events of the season.”
Featured in all seven team events as a freshman, Peng has the 11th-best scoring average in the SEC at 72.90. Additionally, she already has the most rounds in the 60’s in a single season by a freshman in school history with three. Peng posted new spring bests for her 18-, 36- and 54-hole scores in Hawaii to notch her fourth top-10 finish of the season.
“We have come along way in four years going from last place in SEC to fourth, and we’re not finished yet,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We are creating a championship culture at Mississippi State for women’s golf. It’s a great time to be a Bulldog.”
The Shenzhen, China, native becomes the first freshman Bulldog to earn the weekly honor and first freshman to win an award since teammate Ally McDonald won the Golfer of the Week award in March of 2012.
Peng and the Bulldogs return to action in the final regular season event of the year on April 4-6 in the Liz Murphey Invitational in Athens, Ga., at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
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