McDonald Claims Share of Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown Title
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Behind a final-round 3-under-par 69 performance, Ally McDonald claimed a share of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown title hosted at the par-72, 6,261-yard Stallion Mountain Golf Club.
McDonald opened the event with a 1-under-par 71 Sunday before carding a 74 during Monday's second round. After bogeying her third hole of the day on Tuesday, the Fulton, Miss., native slid to third on the leaderboard. McDonald regrouped to post eagle-par-birdie on holes No. 13-15 and overtake the top spot. Elizabeth Tong of Indiana posted back-to-back birdies on No. 13 and 14 to tie McDonald.
The win is the first of McDonald's young career, while her 2-under-par 214 ties for the fourth-lowest tourney card in MSU history. She is the second Lady Bulldog to tie for a win under third-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm
"It was not only a great tournament for me but also for the team," McDonald said. "We all ended the semester with something positive, and I'm excited I could end it with my first win!"
Mississippi State used a season-best 6-over-par 294 during Tuesday's final round to climb into seventh-place. With another Top 10 finish, the Lady Bulldogs have posted four straight Top 10's to open a season for the first time since 2005.
"The team played extremely well today," Brown-Lemm said. "Coming into the tournament we wanted to maintain our scoring average, and we managed to accomplish our goal. The girls had tremendous dedication and focus battling the windy conditions on the course, and our ability to rebound from a bad shot this tournament was outstanding. I'm excited for what the spring holds for this young team that gets better and better each week."
Rica Tse notched six birdies en route to a 2-under-par 70 performance that propelled her into the Top 10. Her ninth-place finish is the highest of the fall slate, while her 222 matches her best of the season.
Junior Mary Langdon Gallagher turned in a pair of 77's sandwiched around an 80 for a three-round 234, while freshman Gabi Oubre' chased her with a 235. Elena Warren rounded out the Lady Bulldog leaderboard with a 248.
With the fall slate complete, the Lady Bulldogs currently own the eighth-best scoring average in the SEC (300.92) and most Top 10 finishes (4), while McDonald is fifth in the conference with a 72.16 average scoring clip.
MSU tees off its spring slate on Feb. 23 when it returns to Arizona for the Westbrook Invitational at the Westbrook Golf Club in Peoria.
Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown
Final Round - October 23, 2012
1. No. 41 Indiana (292-307-296=895, +31); 2. No. 50 UCF (303-293-296=895, +31); 3. No. 36 UNLV (302-305-291=898, +34); 4. No. 48 Missouri (310-297-292=899, +35); 5. No. 25 Penn State (300-298-302=900, +36); 6. Minnesota (299-305-298=902, +38); 7. Mississippi State (303-307-294=904, +40); 8. No. 37 Wisconsin (292-311-303=907, +43); 9. San Diego State (300-310-309=920, +56); 10. Long Beach State (322-302-298=922, +58); T11. Idaho (316-312-295=923, +59); T11. Kansas State (308-314-301=923, +59); 13. Kennesaw State (314-308-302=924, +60); 14. Fresno State (311-312-298=922, +58); 15. Washington State (316-312-301=929, +65); 16. New Mexico State (310-317-310=937, +73); 18. Colorado State (326-314-305=945, +81);17. North Texas (316-323-315=954, +90).
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T1. Ally McDonald 71-74-69=214, -2
T9. Rica Tse 75-77-70=222, +6
T55. Mary L. Gallagher 77-80-77=234, +18
T59. Gabi Oubre' 81-76-77=235, +19
T90. Elena Warren 80-81-87=248, +32