WEST POINT – Mississippi State got a strong finish from Ally McDonald on Wednesday to finish fourth in the inaugural Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
The MSU sophomore carded a final round of 69 for a 4-under-par score of 212 which was good for a two-way tie for third place. The finish is a career low for McDonald and is the second lowest 54-hole score in MSU women’s golf history.
The Fulton native fired and opening round of 74 before attacking the course with back-to-back sub-par rounds of 69.
“I’m so proud of the team’s preparation and determination to grind out every shot,” McDonald said. “It was an amazing start to the season, and I look forward to getting better and to the things that are ahead for this program.”
As a team, the Lady Bulldogs turned in a 898 score, tied for the eighth-lowest tournament finish and the third lowest in head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm’s MSU career. The 34-over par is the lowest opening event score in program history.
"I'm so proud of the way the team came out and competed to begin the season," Brown-Lemm said. "We were able to capitalize on a lot of opportunities this week and were able to beat several teams ranked ahead of us. Ally had unbelievable second and third rounds. Our two freshmen also came out and showed the potential they have. We have areas we must improve on before our next event. This is only the beginning."
Following McDonald, sophomore Rica Tse notched a 228, highlighted by an opening-round 73. In her career debut, Gabi Oubre’ turned in a 230 behind a first-round 74. Mary Langdon Gallagher and Elena Warren rounded out the Lady Bulldog leaderboard with a 233 and 236, respectively.
The event was won by MSU's fellow Southeastern Conference member Kentucky, which turned in a score of 878 to win by two strokes over Tulane. The Green Wave was led by event champion Gemma Dryburgh, who shot and spectacular score of 208, 8-under par for the three day event.
"We couldn't have had such a great event with out the support of Old Waverly, the Bryan family, and all of our volunteers," Brown-Lemm said. "I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the team in this great event. See you next year."
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 1 at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo.