WEST POINT, Miss. - Picking up where her All-SEC Freshman season left off, Ally McDonald turned in a 4-under-par 212 to earn a share of third-place in the Inaugural Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational. The Fulton-native paced the Mississippi State women's golf team to a fourth-place 898 card.
McDonald's 212 tally matches her career low and ties for the second lowest 54-hole score in MSU women's golf history. The sophomore opened "The Waverly" with a 2-over-par 74 before firing back-to-back 69's to conclude the event. On Wednesday, she ignited the gallery by drilling home a 30-foot putt on No. 18 to save par.
"I'm so proud of the team's preparation and determination to grind out every shot," McDonald said. "It was an amazing start to the season, and I look forward to getting better and to the things that are ahead for this program."
The team's 898 card ties for the eighth-lowest tourney finish in Lady Bulldog laurels and third lowest in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era. At 34-over, it is the lowest opening-tournament score in program history.
"I'm so proud of the way the team came out and competed to begin the season," third-year coach Brown-Lemm said. "We were able to capitalize on a lot of opportunities this week and were able beat several teams ranked ahead of us. Ally had unbelievable second and third rounds. Our two freshmen also came out and showed the potential they have. We have areas we must improve on before our next event. This is only the beginning!"
Following McDonald, sophomore Rica Tse notched a 228, highlighted by an opening-round 73. In her career debut, Gabi Oubre' turned in a 230 behind a first-round 74. Mary Langdon Gallagher and Elena Warren rounded out the Lady Bulldog leaderboard with a 233 and 236, respectively.
Competing as individual, freshman Logan Chaney turned in a 230.
SEC-foe Kentucky claimed the top of the leaderboard with an 878, while Gemma Dryburgh of Tulane finished tops individually with an 8-under-par 208.
"The Waverly" was the first regular season home golf tournament hosted by the Lady Bulldogs. After an exciting week with some of the best rising teams from around the southeast battling on the course, plans for the 2013 Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational are already underway.
"We couldn't have had such a great event with out the support of Old Waverly, the Bryan family, and all of our volunteers," Brown-Lemm said. "I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the team in this great event. See you next year!"
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 1 at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo.
Until then, you can follow the women's golf program on Twitter @mstateWG and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG
Waverly Bulldog Invitational
Final Round - September 12, 2012
1. Kentucky (294-294-290=878, +14); 2. Tulane (290-296-294=880, +16; 3. Arkansas (294-291-297=882, +18); 4. Mississippi State (297-301-300=898, +34); T5. Murray State (302-316-294=912, +48); T5. Southern Miss (307-300-305=912, +48); 7. Kennesaw State (309-300-306=915, +51); 8. South Florida (307-314-296=917, +53); 9. Cincinnati (309-298-311=918, +54); 10. Memphis (308-317-308=933, +69); 11. South Alabama (328-313-321=962, +98).
T31. Logan Chaney 76-75-79=230,
*Competing as an individual