McDonald qualifies for U.S. Open

Former MSU golfer Ally McDonald of Fulton will participate in the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Former MSU golfer Ally McDonald of Fulton will participate in the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

What a splash Ally McDonald is making as professional golfer.

Less than a month as pro, the former Mississippi State All-American and Fulton native won her first tournament, the 22nd Michigan Women’s Open Championship.

Then late Tuesday, she learned she qualified for the 70th U.S. Women’s Open, which begins Thursday in Lancaster, Pa., at the par-70, 6,483-yard Lancster Country Club.

McDonald, who rewrote the MSU record book, will tee off at 7:24 a.m. CT and will be paired with the United State’s Austin Ernst and South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, the 2012 WPGA Golfer of the Year.

She also played last year as an amateur, where she shot a 78-77-155 before missing the cut.

The championship field features 156 golfers and features a purse of $4 million, with $720,000 going to the winner.

Last year, Michelle Wie won at Pinehurst.

(From MSU Media Relations)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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