Bulldogs place sixth, McDonald ties for third in spring opener


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third time’s a charm as the Mississippi State women’s golf team posts its lowest score in Sunday’s third and final round of the Florida State Match-Up to finish in sixth, while Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng clinch top-10 finishes.

All-American McDonald fired eight birdies in her final round to move up the leaderboard for a share of third, her fourth top-10 finish of the year. Peng notched a final score of 221 to claim the third top-10 position of her young career.

With a 36-hole score of 604 entering the final round, MSU carded an 4-over-par 292 at the Southwood Golf Course to extend the program record to consecutive top-10 regular season finishes to 16.

“This time of year, it’s about getting tournament ready and remembering what if feels like to be in competition,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We improved every day, but we have a lot of work to do. This was a solid start.”

Entering the day in fourth, McDonald posted a 3-under-par 69 Sunday round to place her at 2-under for the event. The Fulton, Miss., native showed great perseverance by following up her opening hole bogey on hole 10 with back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12.

The determination was on display again for McDonald as she notched a 5-under-par final 9 holes with consecutive birdies on holes 1-3 after misfiring with bogeys on each of her last two holes on her first 9 holes.

Freshman Peng finished in a tie for 10th after turning in a 3-over-par 75 final round scorecard. The young Bulldog added two birdies in her third round to tally 8 for the tournament.

Junior Rica Tse narrowly missed the top-25 by two strokes as she notched her best round in Tallahassee with a 1-over-par 73. The Southeastern Conference’s Co-Golfer of the Week finished with seven birdies and as one of four tied for lowest scorer of the tournament on par 3 holes with a stroke average of 2.92.

Mary Langdon Gallagher and Ji Eun Baik each posted their lowest rounds of the tournament at 76 and 75, respectively, to round out the Bulldogs lineup.

No. 13 South Carolina claimed the tournament championship with a final score of 7-over-par 871. Matilda Castren of the host Florida State won the individual crown with a 1-under-par 206 final scorecard.

Brown-Lemm’s squad will return to action in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, a top-5 ranked regular season tournament, on Feb. 23-25 in New Orleans, La., at the English Turn Golf and Country Club.

Updates will be provided on the Mississippi State women’s golf Twitter account, @HailStateWG, and Facebook page, facebook.com/HailStateWG.

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