McDonald, Bulldogs post fifth-place Card to open 2013-14 season

By HAILSTATE.COM

HANAHAN, S.C. – After a challenging three days at the Yeamans Hall Club, the Mississippi State women’s golf team welcomed its new season with a fifth-place finish in the Cougar Classic, while Ally McDonald began her junior campaign with a top-five card.

Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad notched to a 10-over-par 298 Tuesday and its 7-over-par 871 earned a school-record 12th-straight regular season top-10 card.

“Overall this was a very good tournament for us,” Brown-Lemm said. “Obviously today was disappointing, but the greatest news is that if 298 is our worst day, we are headed for great things this year.”

McDonald shot a final-round 3-over-par 75 to tally a 3-under 213 for the event en route to her seventh-career top-five finish. The Fulton standout had a mishap on hole No. 4 with a double bogey but followed it with a string of pars and a birdie on the eighth hole.

Senior Mary Langdon Gallagher ended the tournament with a 3-over-par 75 and a three-round 218, which placed her tied for 19th on the leaderboard. The top-20 finish is the third of her career and first since her freshman season.

Following the team’s second-round low score of 71, Rica Tse finished tied for 37th with a 5-over-par 77 and 221 total for the Cougar Classic. Tse capped off her final round with a birdie-bogey-par-birdie final four holes, giving her three birdies on the 18th hole for the event.

Newcomer Ji Eun Baik turned in a 79 in the second round but bounced back with MSU’s best round of the day at even-par to end the tournament with a 9-over-par 225. After starting off the round with a birdie on hole No. 3, Baik add her second birdie on the 18th, placing her in the top 50 in her college debut. Freshman Jessica Peng rounded out the squad with a 4-over-par 76 and 228 overall.

The 14th-ranked Florida Gators won the event behind a final-round 7-under-par 281 performance and 859 for the tournament. Anna Young of Florida claimed the individual title with a 5-under-par 211.

The Bulldogs’ next event will be on Friday, Sept. 20-22, in the Mercedes Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

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