||MSU Womens' golf chip their way to a no. 1 ranking
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Now, there are two No. 1 teams at Mississippi State.
Two weeks after the football squad assumed its positioning atop the polls, the women’s golf team has garnered the same accolade by birdiefire.com after a compelling start to the fall season.
In four events, MSU has finished in the Top 5 each time and has won twice, including this past week at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational in West Point, Miss.
“This is a team of champions, in attitude, will, and work ethic,” MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “They have chemistry as a family, and that is what it takes to win championships. They are without a doubt the strongest team mentally I have ever seen. We are half way through, and I can’t wait to see what the spring has to offer. They can play with any team in the country. Mississippi State is a national championship program.”
Led by two time All-American Ally McDonald, the Bulldogs climbed fast in the polls, moving up each week before reaching the pinnacle.
Now in her fifth season, Brown-Lemm has taken the program above and beyond anything experienced in previous years at Mississippi State.
Coming off a dominating win at Oklahoma’s Schooner Fall Classic, MSU set a school record with an 18-under-par 818. McDonald fired a course- and school-record final round 63 capturing the title with a three-day total of 197. Her final round and 54-hole total score was also the lowest ever at the Belmar Golf Club.
In the last tournament at historic Old Waverly, the Bulldog's finished a staggering 24 strokes ahead of the second-place team, South Florida.
The victory gave the Bulldogs their first back-to-back wins since the 1999-2000 campaign, when MSU captured three-straight titles to start the year.
Mississippi State recorded two other exceptional finishes by placing fourth at the Cougar Classic and third at the Mason Rudolph.
The Bulldogs begin their Spring slate Feb. 13-15 at the Florida State Seminole Classic in Tallahassee.