By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
WEST POINT – Ally McDonald has a tough chore today in the Mississippi Women’s Golf Association State Amateur Championship.
The Fulton native, Mississippi State golfer and two-time defending State Am champion is paired against former professional and 11-time State Am champion Cissye Gallagher in a semifinals match at Old Waverly.
Wednesday’s match-play semifinals were postponed because of rain. McDonald and Gallagher won quarterfinals matches earlier in the day.
“I’ve seen Ally play hundreds of holes in college, but I don’t remember if we’ve played against each other,” Gallagher said.
McDonald wasn’t sure if they’ve played, either, but she was looking forward to the showdown.
“It will be a good match,” she said. “Cissye gives everybody she plays a run for their money. Hopefully, we’ll get out there and grind it out.”
McDonald and Gallagher were about three minutes from teeing off when the rains came Wednesday. The matches were postponed after a three-hour delay.
“I get impatient just waiting,” McDonald said during the extended break. “It’s tiring waiting around.”
McDonald defeated Meridian’s Pam Posey 4 and 3 while Gallagher beat her oldest daughter – MSU golfer Mary Langdon Gallagher – 3 and 2 in their quarterfinals match.
Kathleen Gallagher, Cissye’s younger daughter and Greenwood Pillow Academy player, beat Starkville’s P.K. Furr 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals
Cissye Gallagher, the wife of former PGA Tour player Jim Gallagher Jr., hadn’t played competitively ag-ainst her daughter in an event of this magnitude.
“The last time we played she was really young,” Cissye said. “She’s a great player, but this course is set up in my favor because it’s shorter.
“I made three birdies on the back in five holes (to win). It was crazy. I would have been thrilled if she had won.”
If Cissye Gallagher defeats McDonald and Kathleen Gallagher beats Shannon Adams in today’s semifinals, the two would play later today in the championship match.
Senatobia’s Adams defeated Ocean Springs’ Meagan Roberts 2 up in their quarterfinals match.
Play in all the other flights will tee off at 8:30 a.m. today. The two championship flight semifinals will begin at 10.