Tse Leads Lady Bulldogs' Climb Up Leaderboard During Final Round

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Sophomore Rica Tse notched a final-round 1-under-par 71 to lead the Lady Bulldogs' late climb up the leaderboard Tuesday.
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Columbia, Mo. - Sophomore Rica Tse's final-round 1-under-par 71 propelled Mississippi State's late climb up the leaderboard of the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne on Monday.

MSU turned in a team tournament-best 10-over-par 298 during the final round. After sliding as low as 10th  on the front nine, Ginger Brown-Lemm's squad recovered to turn in a seventh-place finish.

Tse's three-consecutive birdies on No. 18, 1 and 2 paced her late charge up the poll and secured the Lady Bulldogs' second-consecutive Top 10 to begin the season. Tse finished at with a 6-over-par, 17th-place card.

Ally McDonald earned the team's top spot on leaderboard with a share of 10th-place. After opening the tournament with a 74 and 71 on Monday, she notched a 75 during the final 18 holes to tally a two-day 4-over-par 220.

Freshman Gabi Oubre' continues to impress as she posted a 14-over-par 230. The Mobile native sandwiched a 74 and 76 around an 80 and narrowly missed a Top 25 finish.

Logan Chaney and Mary Langdon Gallagher rounded out the Maroon and White board with a 239 and 244, respectively.

38th-ranked SMU claimed the Johnie Imes Invitational title with a 12-over-par 876. The Mustangs used a tournament-best 284 in the second round to secure the top spot. Melanie White of SMU carded an 8-under-par 208 to win the individual title.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 12 at the Mercedes Benz Women's Collegiate Championship. Until then, fans can follow the women's golf program on Twitter @mstateWG and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG.

Johnie Imes Invitational
Final Round - October 2, 2012

1. No. 38 SMU (297-284-295=876, +12); 2. Missouri (300-294-291=885, +21); 3. Kansas State (296-291-301=888, +24); T4. FIU (302-303-288=893, +29); T4. No. 29 Indiana (301-295-297=893, +29); 6. Iowa (302-301-293=896, +32); 7. Mississippi State (300-308-298=906, +42); 8. UALR (307-297-303=907, +43);  9. Louisville (301-301-307=909, +45); T10. Eastern Michigan (301-309-306=916, +52); T10. Illinois State (302-306-308=916, +52); 12. Oklahoma City (316-307-300=923, +59); T13. UMKC (314-309-307=930, +66); T13. Colorado State (315-311-304=930, +66); T13. Missouri State (309-314-307=930, +66); 16. Bradley (318-309-313=940, +76); 17. Montana (323-322-301=946, +82); 18. Wichita State (317-324-308=949, +85); 19. Redlands CC (332-310-328=970, +106).

T10.    Ally McDonald          74-71-75=220, +4
17.       Rica Tse                      74-77-71=222, +6
T42.    Gabi Oubre'                74-80-76=230, +14
T69.    Logan Chaney             78-84-77=239, +23
T80.    Mary L. Gallagher      88-80-76=244, +28


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