STILLWATER, Okla. – Teeing off the postseason in tremendous fashion, the Mississippi State women’s golf team battled the rainy conditions to finish the opening day of the NCAA Central Regional with a hold of eighth-place, while Ally McDonald posts a top-15 scorecard.
The Bulldogs produced an opening round score of 14-over-par 302 Thursday at Karsten Creek Golf Course to set themselves up for a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
“Really played well in the rain,” fourth-year MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “Proud of where we are. We have put ourselves in a very good place for the last two rounds. We know we can do better, and we love a challenge.”
Leading MSU with a 1-over-par 73 first round score, McDonald holds a tie-for-11th with four birdies. The All-SEC selection followed up consecutive birdies on holes 17 and 18 to close out her first nine holes with a birdie on hole one to complete the trifecta of birdies on Thursday.
Rica Tse and postseason debutant Ji Eun Baik each turned in 4-over-par 76 opening round scores with three and two birdies, respectively. Baik showed great composure by bouncing back from a bogey on the sixth hole to notch a par-par-birdie stretch to end her round.
Mary Langdon Gallagher joined in on the fun on the 18th, as MSU combined to post a team score of 4-under-par on the hole on the day, to finish the round at 5-over-par 77.
Freshman Jessica Peng became only the third Bulldog in history to claim two eagles in their freshman seasons with an eagle on the 18th. Peng launched her ball over 200 yards within a couple feet of the hole to tap in for eagle en route to ending the day with a 78.
No. 9 Alabama and No. 35 California head into the second round on Friday with the lead at 7-over-par 295. Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent. State has the top individual score following a first round score of 7-under-par 65.
Brown-Lemm’s squad will tee off the second round at 11:50 a.m. CST Friday on hole No. 1 alongside Miami and California.
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NCAA Central Regional
First Round – May 8, 2014
1. No. 9 Alabama (295, +7); T1. No. 35 California T3. No. 21 Florida (296, +8); T3. No. 39 Kent State (294, +6); 5. No. 16 Oklahoma State (298, +10); T6. No. 3 UCLA (299, +11); T6. Minnesota (299, +11); T8. No. 33 MSU (302, +14); T8. No. 22 North Carolina (302, +14); 10. Wichita State (303, +15); 11. No. 25 Ohio State (305, +17); T12 No. 10 Arizona (306, +18); T12. Colorado (306, +18); 14. No. 46 UNLV (307, +19); 15. Harvard (308, +20); T16. No. 4 Arkansas (309, +21); T16. No. 40 Kansas (309, +321) T16. No. 45 Texas (309, +21); T16. No. 15 LSU (309, +21); 20. SMU (315, +27); T21. No. 28 Miami (318, +30); 23. Siena College (334, +46): 24. Long Island (337, +49)
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