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MSU Travels To Missouri For Johnie Imes Invitational

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Carrying the program's highest ranking in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era, the Mississippi State women's golf team travels to Columbia, Mo., for the Johnie Imes Invitational on Monday, Oct. 1, at the par-72, 6,234-yard Club at Old Hawthorne.

In the latest GolfStat.com rankings, the Lady Bulldog came in at No. 56 nationally, a commanding 74 spots better than the No. 130 ranking Brown-Lemm inherited two short years ago.

This event marks the only time on the fall slate that the lady linksters will play a 36/18-hole format. The last time MSU competed in a two-day, 54-hole tournament, it posted a runner-up finish in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate.

"We have a great opportunity to go to the home of our new member in the SEC, Missouri," third-year head coach Brown-Lemm said. "Columbia has a great reputation for golf, and Old Hawthorne is a well established course. Bent grass greens and zoysia fairways are not common in Mississippi, and it will be a treat to play on them."

MSU last appeared in the Johnie Imes Invitational in 2008 when then-coach Christi Sander's squad posted a fourth-place 911 card.

Traveling for MSU will be co-captains No. 15 Ally McDonald and Mary Langdon Gallagher as well as Rica Tse, Gabi Oubre' and Logan Chaney.

"We have a strong, but young squad full of Mississippi State passion and commitment," Brown-Lemm continued. "We are focusing our entire year the routine and commitment to the process rather than our score at the end of the day. We are determined to be one shot warriors with a we/me attitude."

Fresh off a third-place finish at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, McDonald was awarded with the highest national ranking of her career (No. 15). The standout sophomore also currently ranks second in the SEC with a 70.67 round average.

Following a strong week of qualifying, Gallagher secured the No. 2 spot in the Lady Bulldog lineup. The junior looks to improve off of her 233 card in "The Waverly." Over the last two seasons, the Greenwood-native has averaged a 17-stroke improvement between her first and second tournaments.

"Ally and Mary Langdon are playing very well right now," Brown-Lemm noted. "They will lead the team as the one and two positions in this tournament, but also as co-captains this year. With they way they are playing, I expect to see some low rounds from them."

Tse aims to improve on a strong showing to begin the season when she narrowly missed the Top 25 at Old Waverly. Oubre' wasted no time showing her potential, opening her career with a 2-over-par 74 in the first round of "The Waverly."

Chaney rounds of the travel squad for MSU and appears in the lineup for the first time of her young career. The freshman competed as an individual in "The Waverly."

"Rica was our warrior in our home event playing with an illness but had a very strong tournament for us," Brown-Lemm said. "Our 'Twosome from Alabama' as we like to call them, Gabi and Logan, will finish out our lineup. Both are freshmen and are off to a good start in their career."

The only other SEC school in the event is the newest conference member and host, Missouri. Other participating schools include Bradley, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, FIU, Illinois State, No. 29 Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri State, Montana, Oklahoma City, Redlands Community College, No. 38 SMU, UALR, UMKC and Wichita State.

Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the women's golf program on Twitter @mstateWG and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG.


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