McDonald falls short at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Fulton's Ally McDonald made it to the round of 32 last week at the U.S. Women's Amateur, but came up short on the 19th hole against Mexico's Maria Fassi.  (File Photo)

Fulton’s Ally McDonald made it to the round of 32 last week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, but came up short on the 19th hole against Mexico’s Maria Fassi. (File Photo)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mississippi State junior and Fulton native Ally McDonald lost on the 19th hole last Friday to Mexico’s Maria Fassi in the round of 32 match play of the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

McDonald led by two holes after 16, but lost No. 17 and 18 to finish the course All Square and force the match to continue. Fassi parred the 19th hole, but McDonald bogeyed to end the match. Fassi went on to lose to eventual champion Emma Talley    later that day in the round of 16.

First few days

Despite the eventual defeat in match play, McDonald remained in the thick of the pack during the opening two days of stroke play, shooting two consecutive 1-over-par 72s, good enough to put her in 16th place heading into match play.

During the round of 64, McDonald went up against  Wisconsin’s Allyssa Ferrell and after McDonald took a one-hole lead early in the match, Ferrell moved ahead with birdies on No. 7 and No. 10. McDonald returned the favor as she birdied three-straight holes to move to 3 up and eventually take the victory 2 & 1.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur was McDonald’s final tournament of the summer before she returns for the start of classes at Mississippi State on Aug. 19. The Lady Bulldogs will begin their 2013 season back in Charleston for the Cougar Classic on Sept. 8.

, , ,