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Mississippi State Women's Golf Posts Third Place Finish, Heads to NCAA Championships

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With a back nine charge, the Mississippi State women's golf team powered its way to a third place finish and a birth in the NCAA Championships.

Ally McDonald and the MSU Women's Golf team are headed back to the NCAA Championships
Ally McDonald and the MSU Women's Golf team are headed back to the NCAA Championships
Photo Credit: HailState.com

Paced by All-SEC golfer, Ally McDonald, the Mississippi State Women's Golf team posted a third place finish Saturday in the NCAA Central Regional to book a return trip to the NCAA Championships, starting May 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tough playing conditions dominated the day, but the Bulldogs posted the second lowest round of Saturday's play at 9-over-par. With the round on the line, Mississippi State played the back nine at 3-under-par.

McDonald, who posted the best round of the day with a 2-under-par, 70, led the charge on the back nine with birdies on 13, 14, and 15.  She finished the tournament at 1-under-par (215), which gave her a fourth place finish, her fifth top-five finish.

Jessica Peng, who finished the tournament at nine-over-par, improved her play by seven shots from the front nine to back nine on Saturday. Rica Tse played the back nine at one-under-par to help with the Bulldog charge.

No. 3 UCLA won the regional by 17 shots, posting an eleven-over-par score of 875. No. 9 Alabama finished second with 28-over-par score of 892.  The No. 33 Bulldogs shot a 29-over-par score of 893.