McDonald Improves In Second Round Of U.S. Women's Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Playing for her chance to stay for the weekend, Ally McDonald of the Mississippi State women’s golf team shoots a lower round in her second round at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2, but could not escape the cut.  

After a 78 to open play on Thursday, the All-American McDonald turned in a 77 for her second round with two birdies to conclude her play at the major tournament with a 36-hole score of 155.

“This was not the way that I wanted to finish,” McDonald said. “I learned a lot from this experience, and I can take a lot away from my first open. I hope to have many more opportunities like this in the future.”

The Fulton, Miss., native showed great perseverance to bounce back from two bogeys on her opening two holes to fire her best stretch of the day, going par-birdie-par-par on holes 12-15. McDonald later added her third birdie of the two rounds with one on hole 1. 

“This was such a valuable experience for Ally,” Bulldogs head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “The lessons that she has learned here will go along way with her. We look forward to what is to come after a remarkable season, and can’t wait to see what is to come in her senior season.”

Michelle Wie of the United States took over the top spot of the leaderboard at 4-under-par 136 heading into the third round. Minjee Lee of Australia holds the top amateur spot again, as she is tied for third at even-par 140.

Full coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open can be found at Saturday’s action will be shown live on NBC Sports starting at 2:00 p.m.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State women’s golf program on Twitter @HailStateWG, Instagram @HailStateWG and Facebook at

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