MSU golfer McDonald earns weekly SEC honor

By hailstate.com

STARKVILLE – On the heels of her third Top 5 finish in four events, Mississippi State women’s golfer Ally McDonald garnered Player of the Week honors from the Southeastern Conference.

“I’m honored to recognized by the SEC,” McDonald said. “We’ve put together a couple of solid tournaments and have really made strides over the last few weeks. As a team, we are continually improving and I’m excited to be part of the program we are building here at Mississippi State. I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for pushing me along the way.”

The sophomore fired a 4-over-par 214 in the SunTrust Gator Invitational, tying the sixth-ranked player in the nation for fourth-place. McDonald paced the Lady Bulldogs to a share of eighth-place alongside No. 6 North Carolina and to a win over No. 18 Baylor.

One week prior to the Gator Invitational, McDonald posted a runner-up finish in the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational behind a 1-under-par 215; leading MSU to a season-best second-place finish behind 36th-ranked Campbell.

Earlier this season, McDonald claimed her first-career tournament title to wrap up fall action at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. After posting a 1-over-par 145 through the first two rounds, she vaulted up the leaderboard with a final-round 3-under-par 69, one of five 69’s thus far on the season.

The Fulton, Miss., native owns a 72.24 average clip this season, which ranks fourth-best in the SEC and 13th in the nation. The average card is on pace to shatter the Lady Bulldogs’ current single-season scoring average record held by Amanda Mathis at 74.20.

McDonald is also currently rewriting the numerous other MSU records with 38 entries and three events remaining in her sophomore year. She owns the school record for sub-70 rounds (6), second-best first-round score (69), third-best 36-hole score (141) and second-lowest 54-hole score (212, twice).

“This is a tremendous honor for Ally,” MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “She’s been on a tear lately and really battled some of the top individuals in the nation during the Gator. For her to be recognized a second time by the strongest golf conference in the nation is very impressive. She is our leader on and off the course and epitomizes what we are trying to do with women’s golf at Mississippi State.”

This is the second weekly conference recognition received by McDonald as she was named SEC Freshman of the Week on March 28, 2012. She also garnered SEC All-Freshman team laurels following last season.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action Monday, March 25, in the Briar’s Creek Invitational in John’s Island, S.C.