KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a final-round 12-over-par 300, the Mississippi State women’s golf team captured its third-consecutive Top 10 finish to open the season at the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship.
Hosted by Tennessee at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, the event featured 18 teams, 11 of which were represented in an NCAA Regional last spring.
31st-ranked Penn State claimed the tourney title with a 3-over-par 867, while SEC-foes No. 27 Tennessee and No. 23 Texas A&M finished second and fifth, respectively.
Ally McDonald paced the way for the Maroon and White. The sophomore opened with a 72, before struggling with a 5-over-par 77 during Saturday’s second round. She rebounded with a 1-under-par 71 to climb into the Top 25, individually, during the final round.
Rica Tse, Gabi Oubre’ and Mary Langdon Gallagher all posted 228 cards for the three-day event, while Logan Chaney rounded of the Lady Bulldogs’ leaderboard with a 244.
Paula Reto of Purdue claimed the top spot individually, firing a 5-under par 211. Mary Michael Maggio from Texas A&M was the top SEC-finisher at 3-under.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sunday, Oct. 21, at Stallion Mountain Golf Club for the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.
Until then, fans can also keep up with the women’s golf program through the women’s golf twitter account, @mstateWG, or Facebook account, facebook.com/mstateWG.