McDonald’s Career-Best 68 Paces Lady Bulldogs To A Program Second-Best 289
Oxford, Miss. – Behind 44th-ranked Ally McDonald’s career-best 68, the Mississippi State women’s golf team notched a 1-over-par 289 in the opening round of the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate to tie No. 24 Baylor for second-place at the Ole Miss Golf Course.
The 1-over-par ties for the second-best round in program history and ties for the best round in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era.
MSU has posted a 289 in two of the last three rounds at the Ole Miss golf course after turning in a 1-over in last year’s second round. State went on to finish sixth in the event, a program-best finish for the Rebel Intercollegiate.
The Lady Bulldogs are on pace to tie the school record for consecutive Top 10 finishes with their ninth-consecutive Top 10.
State, along with Baylor, is five strokes back of tournament-leader Coastal Carolina. The Lady Chanticleers turned in a 4-under-par 284 to take control of the 18-team field.
“Our squad has made such progress,” Brown-Lemm said. “We are young, but the experience that our five have at this point is serving us very well. We practice hard, workout hard and dedicate time to training the way we think. All that effort is paying off in our mindset of ‘The only thing that matters is the next shot.’ We are going to enjoy the first round at the Rebel Invitational, but tomorrow morning we will start all over again with confidence of ‘one shot warriors.’”
McDonald’s 4-under-par 68 is not only her career-low, but also ties for the third-lowest individual round in program history. Her steady play resulted in five birdies and only one bogey and she is now only 11 birdies away from breaking the single-season school record (84).
Entering this weekend’s action, the sophomore had posted a 69 six times previously. McDonald held a 3-under-par entering the 18th hole, but the Fulton, Miss., native managed to reach the 350-yard par-4 and sunk a birdie putt for the first 68 of her career.
“Ally has had a great year and is really fine tuning some areas of her game as our season winds down,” Brown-Lemm said. “She was determined to break the 69 barrier that she has shot on multiple occasions today. We are proud of her opening round and look forward to two more rounds of solid golf.”
A trio of individuals turned in 5-under-par 77’s to tie for the top spot on the leaderboard, including No. 13 Hayley Davis (Baylor), No. 97 Madison Opfer (Tulane) and Chloe Garner (East Tennessee State).
Gabi Oubre’ and Mary Langdon Gallagher each posted a 1-over-par 73. It is Oubre’s second-best opening round of her young career, while it ties for Gallagher’s season-best round posted in the Mercedes Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship.
Sophomores Rica Tse and Elena Warren posted a 3-over-par 75 and 5-over-par 77, respectively, to round out the Lady Bulldog leaderboard.
Of the other four Southeastern Conference teams in the field, No. 29 LSU and No. 34 Kentucky each carded 291’s to tie for fifth. Ole Miss notched a 291 and is 10th, while Missouri’s 310 earned it 15th-place.
Wildcats Tied for Fifth after Round One of Rebel Intercollegiate
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Kentucky women’s golf team opened up the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate with a solid round of 3-over-par, 291 and are tied for fifth in the 18-team field. The Wildcats are just two shots off from second place and seven strokes off Coastal Carolina, who leads the tournament at 4-under-par.
Seniors Ashleigh Albrecht and Heather Lott paced the way for the Wildcats with each shooting even par on the afternoon. The two are tied for 11th overall on the leaderboard and five shots off first place.
Albrecht, who began her round on hole No. 10, tallied just one birdie on the back nine before rallying off four birdies on the front nine to record a team-high five on the day. The Murietta, Calif., native was 3-over on Friday before sinking birdies on three of her last five holes to get back to even.
Lott came out on fire on Friday, charting three birdies in her first 10 holes to get to 3-under. The Baton Rouge, La., native recorded her second-lowest round of the year, posting 12 pars on the day.
Fellow senior Betsie Johnson was also impressive in her opening round, shooting a 1-over-par, 73. Johnson tallied four birdies on the afternoon, including her final two holes and is tied for 17th.
Freshman Sarah Harris was the most consistent player for the Wildcats on the day charting a team-high 16 pars on Friday. Harris posted just two bogeys on the afternoon, shooting a 2-over-par, 74 and is tied for 26th.
Senior Megan Moir is tied for 73rd after firing a 6-over-par, 79, while junior Liz Breed, who is competing as an individual, was 1-over on the day and is tied for 17th.