ATHENS, Ga. – After splitting the two matches on Saturday, the Mississippi State women’s golf team won the third-place medals by winning the tiebreaker against No. 26 North Carolina State in the final round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Sunday.
The Bulldogs came back from an early 4.5-0.5 hole to end the match at 2.5-2.5, winning the tiebreaker because MSU was the higher seed in the matchup bracket.
"Incredible Performance,” said MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. “We learned a lot about ourselves playing in the stroke/match play format. We have some work to do, but everything is coming together for SEC championships and the NCAA Championships.”
Notching the only victory for MSU was freshman Ji Eun Baik, who defeated Lindsay McGetrick 1-up. Baik birdied on the final hole to win the hole to register her second victory of the weekened. She was one of two Bulldogs to record multiple victories.
Rica Tse followed up her two triumphs from the first two rounds of match play by finishing all square with Vivian Tsui. Tse won the 17th hole to get back to even in the matchup to end the tournament with 2.5 points, most of any MSU player.
Also ending their final matchups all-square were Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng as they tied Brittany Marchand and Augusta James, respectively. Peng was also able to produce a victory on hole 17 to end her tournament with a win and two draws.
Closing out the Maroon and White lineup was senior Mary Langdon Gallagher, who slipped to a narrow 1-up defeat to Ana Menendez. The four rounds in Athens place Gallagher in a tie for forth all-time for most career rounds played by a Bulldog at 113.
No.1 Southern California were crowned winners of the tournament after beating No. 4 Arkansas 3-2 in the championship match.
Brown-Lemm’s squad will begin postseason play when it returns to action in the Southeastern Conference Championships on April 18-20, in Birmingham, Ala., at Greystone Country Club.
Third Place Matchup
No. 36 Mississippi State 2.5, No. 26 North Carolina State 2.5,
Ana Menendez (NCST) def. Mary Langdon Gallagher (MSU), 1-up
Ji Eun Baik (MSU) def. Lindsay McGetrick (NCSU), 1-up
Rica Tse (MSU) vs. Vivian Tsui (NCST), All Square
Jessica Peng (MSU) vs Augusta James (NCST), All Square
Ally McDonald (MSU) vs. Brittany Marchand (NCST), All Square
*MSU declared winner via higher seed from stroke play