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Former Mississippi State Golfer Ally McDonald Nabs Michigan PGA Women's Open for First Professional Victory

Former MSU golfer Ally McDonald has gotten off to the right start in her professional career.

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Ally McDonald won multiple tournaments while playing for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and she found her winning ways in her very first start as a professional with a victory at the Michigan PGA Women's Open Wednesday.

McDonald started the day three shots behind amateur Emmie Pietila, who held the lead at 6-under par through two rounds.  The former Bulldog made up ground by being one of only two players to shoot in red numbers in the final round, posting a 2-under par 70 for a tournament total of 6-under par.  Former first team All-SEC golfer Kendal Martindale of Vanderbilt finished the tournament 4-under par to finish second.

Hailey Hrynewich joined McDonald as the only other golfer under par in the final round.  Her 4-under par 68 gave her a third place tie with Pietila.  Both golfers finished as low amateurs at 2-under par for the tournament.

Sandra Angulo Minarro also finished under par at -1.  No other golfer finished the tournament under par.

McDonald walked away with $6,000 for her efforts at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan.