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    SEC Women's Golf Notebook: Sunday, September 8

    McDonald Breaks 18-Hole-Record, MSU In First Place In Cougar Classic

    HANAHAN, S.C. – Momentum continued into the opening round of the season as the Mississippi State women’s golf team fired a six-under-par 282 in the first round of the Cougar Classic behind junior Ally McDonald’s school-record 6-under-par 66.

    Without a tournament title since 2004, Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad produced the third-lowest 18-hole score in school history.

    "The team had a very solid day today," fourth-year MSU coach Brown-Lemm said. "We talked about being patient, this course rewards that. Amazingly enough, we left several shots out there, maybe some nerves, but overall we are off to a great start."

    McDonald is tied for first after matching the second-lowest score in the Cougar Classic’s 11-year history. The Fulton, Miss., native got off to a fantastic start with birdies on the first two holes of the season and finished the day with seven birdies overall.

    Senior Mary Langdon Gallagher finished tied for fourth by setting a new career best with a three-under-par 69 for MSU’s second-best team score. The veteran notched a birdie-par-bogey-par finish to the front nine followed by three birdies on the back.

    Rica Tse with a one-over-par 73 and made her third career eagle on hole 15. Tied for 25th for the event, Tse capped off her first round posting eagle-par-par-birdie on the final four holes.

    Freshman debutant Ji Eun Baik made a fabulous introduction to her college career with a two-over-par 74. Baik struggled on the front nine but produced a birdie and eight pars after the turn. Rounding out the MSU scorecard was freshman Jessica Peng with a 78.

    South Carolina and Clemson each hold a share of second heading into the second round as both posted three-under-par 285 rounds. Brittany Marchand of North Carolina State is the competitor tied with McDonald for the individual lead.

    Second-round action will begin at 7:45 a.m. CST Monday, with MSU set to tee off alongside Clemson and Wisconsin on hole one.

    Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.

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




    Hovatter Leads Rebels In Opening Day Action At The Cougar Classic

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sophomore Alison Hovatter led the Ole Miss women’s golf team in opening day action at the 11th Annual Cougar Classic, shooting a team-best 1-over 73 on Sunday (Sept. 8) at Yeamans Hall. Hovatter’s score placed her in a tie for 25th place and tied her career-low round, also set at the Cougar Classic in 2012.

    "This is a young team with a great future ahead,” said head coach Michele Drinkard. “We didn't execute today and as a result didn't score, but tomorrow is a new day and our goal will to improve on our focus and execution."

    As a team, the Rebels are sitting in 18th place after first day action, with a 17-over 305. Stani Schiavone and Taelor Rubin each fired a 5-over 77, placing them in a tie for 76th, while Abby Newton shot 6-over 78 and sits in a tie for 82nd place. Senior Kathryn Fowler recorded a 7-over 79 and closed the day tied for 91st place. In total, the Rebels posted six birdies on the day.

    Mississippi State leads the field after day one action, with a 6-under 282. NC State’s Brittany Marchand and Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald are tied for the individual lead at 6-under 66. Their 66 is the second lowest round in Cougar Classic history.

    Competition continues through Tuesday and fans can follow all the action at the Cougar Classic at Golf Stat. Ole Miss will tee off in the morning group on Monday.

    For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWGolf and on Facebook at Ole Miss WGolf.




    South Carolina in a Tie for Second Place after Round One of Cougar Classic

    HANAHAN, S.C. -- With the 2013-14 season officially underway, the South Carolina women’s golf team is off to a strong start, as they are currently in second place after posting a 285 (-3) on Sunday in the first round of the Cougar Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston.

    After day one at Yeamans Hall in Hanahan, S.C., Mississippi State is in first place with a total of 282 (-6). The Gamecocks are tied with Clemson in second place with a total of 285 (-3) and NC State and Wake Forrest are in a tie for fourth after each carding a 1-under 287.

    Senior Samantha Swinehart led the way for the Garnet and Black turning in a 3-under 69 to end the day in a tie for fourth. Swinehart had the only ace of the day on hole no. 6 and also tallied two birdies and a bogey.

    Sophomore Mary Fran Hillow and junior Justine Dreher also finished the round under par, each shooting a 1-under 71 and ending the day in a tie for tenth. Hillow recorded a pair of birdies and a bogey while Dreher, who competed as an individual, tallied five birdies.

    Freshman Katelyn Dambaugh carded an even-par 72 to end the round in a tie for 19th. After turning in a 3-over 39 on the front side, Dambaugh logged three birdies on the back nine to shoot a 3-under 33. She finished the day with four birdies and four bogeys.

    Senior Suzie Lee ended the round in a tie for 26th after shooting a 1-over 73. Lee bogeyed on the first hole to and recorded 17 straight pars, which was a round one high.

    Sophomore Sarah Schmelzel, a SEC All-Freshman Team selection last season, turned in a 2-over 74 to end the round in a tie for 38th. Schmelzel shot an even-par 36 on the front side while registering three birdies and five bogeys on the day.

    NC State’s Brittany Marchand and Mississippi State’s Ally MacDonald are at the top of the individual leaderboard after each carding a 6-under 66.

    Second round play is scheduled to begin Monday at 8 a.m. Live scoring will be available here.




    Auburn Tied For 9th After 18 Holes At Cougar Classic

    HANAHAN, S.C. -- The Auburn women’s golf team finished its first day at the Cougar Classic tied for ninth with LSU after shooting a 7-over-par 295. Junior Victoria Trapani led the Tigers in the opening round, carding a 1-under 71.

    Hosted by the College of Charleston, the Cougar Classic is a 54-hole tournament being played at the Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. The par 72 course plays at 6,204 yards for the tournament. The tournament features 20 teams from around the country, including eight Southeastern Conference teams.

    Leading the Tigers in the first round, Trapani shot a 1-under 71 with two birdies and a bogey. She ended the day tied for 10th. Senior Marta Sanz finished the day just two strokes behind her, finishing the day tied for 26th with a 1-over 73.

    Sophomore Alex Harrell, who is making her third career start in the Tigers’ lineup, shot a 3-over 75 to finish the day tied for 47th. Freshman Clara Baena, making her first appearance at Auburn, is tied for 61st with a 4-over 76. Senior Diana Fernandez rounded out the Auburn lineup tied for 98th with a 9-over 81.

    Mississippi State ended the day in first place with 6-under 282. Southern California and Clemson followed, tied for second with 3-under 285s. North Carolina State and Wake Forest tied for fourth with 1-under 287, while host College of Charleston and Baylor carded 1-over 289s, tying for sixth.

    Individually, MSU’s Ally McDonald and North Carolina State’s Brittany Marchand are tied for the lead with 6-under 66s. Wake Forest’s Marissa Dodd is third with a 68 while five players are tied for fourth with 3-under 69s.

    Live scoring for the Cougar Classic can be found online via www.golfstat.com. Auburn will start the day at 9:15 a.m. CT, off No. 1, playing alongside Tennessee and Florida.




    Freshmen Excel as Florida Women’s Golf Shows Steady Performance during Round One of the Cougar Classic

    Freshman Maria Torres led the No. 10 Florida women’s team during the first round of the 11th annual Cougar Classic, shooting a notable two-under (70) on the day with a top-10 finish in individual rankings. Freshman Karolina Vlckova and junior Anna Young followed Torres in the Florida lineup, both finishing round one just one-over (73).

    The Orange and Blue ended day one at Yeamans Hall Club in eighth place (291) among the 20 teams competing.